The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Access to Information (信息公开)

Here’s How China Is Silencing Coronavirus Critics in the U.S.
Vice News, February 12, 2020

China to relax its internet restrictions for 100,000 students hit by Australia's coronavirus travel ban
The Guardian, February 13, 2020

Coronavirus “Rumor” Crackdown Continues With Censorship, Detentions
China Digital Times, February 12, 2020

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Coronavirus: The volunteer putting himself at risk in Wuhan
BBC, February 12, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Coronavirus death toll leaps in China's Hubei province, party bosses sacked
Reuters, February 12, 2020

Coronavirus: China purges regional leaders hours after spike in deaths and new cases
The Guardian, February 13, 2020

Coronavirus infections skyrocket as China refines diagnostic methods
Deutsche Welle, February 13, 2020

Why the number of coronavirus cases in China surged by more than 33% in one day
Quartz, February 13, 2020

China accused of under-reporting coronavirus outbreak
Financial Times, February 13, 2020

Chinese public dial in for support as coronavirus takes mental toll
Reuters, February 13, 2020

Shut out: Virus pushes China's seriously ill to back of queue
Al Jazeera, February 12, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

Coronavirus: Unions urges medics to halt work if Hong Kong Hospital Authority cannot provide adequate protective gear
Hong Kong Free Press, February 13, 2020

China replaces senior Hong Kong official Zhang Xiaoming
Financial Times, February 13, 2020

China replaces head of its Hong Kong and Macau affairs office
Reuters, February 12, 2020

About 100 people protest in Hong Kong over plan to use Fo Tan public housing estate as quarantine site
South China Morning Post, February 12, 2020

Semi-quarantined: Living with the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong
Global Voices, February 12, 2020

銀髮族遊行 要求林鄭月娥交代 CSI 口罩去向 「病毒可怕,但林鄭管治更可怕」 ("Silver-hair" protesters march to demand Carrie Lam explain where face masks made by Correctional Services were sent to)
Stand News, February 12, 2020

抗爭者傷勢相 入圍 Sony 世界攝影獎 港攝記高仲明:願更多人知道香港事 (Photos depicting Hong Kong protesters' injuries enter global photography competition)
Stand News, February 11, 2020

Commentary (评论)

Why a coronavirus-fuelled revolution in China is unlikely, despite Western commentators’ fondest hopes
South China Morning Post, February 13, 2020