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.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

China Uighurs: Detained for beards, veils and internet browsing
BBC, February 21, 2020

Uighur persecution: German politicians condemn China's 'modern slave exploitation machine'
Deutsche Welle, February 19, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

陳秋實續失聯 社交專頁新帖文指被當局「強制隔離」(Citizen reporter Chen Qiushi still incommunicado, new post on Twitter says he is under "compulsory quarantine")
Radio Television Hong Kong, February 22, 2020

Access to Information (信息公开)

说了真话 新华社的天塌了?(Xinhua commentary on doctors' fear of speaking the truth in virus outbreak taken down hours after it is posted)
Deutsche Welle, February 23, 2020

Countering China’s Influence Campaigns at European Universities
The Diplomat, February 22, 2020

真实的武汉在哪里?“暖新闻”是这样吞噬真实的声音 (Where is the real Wuhan? How "warm news" swallows up voices of truth)
Radio Free Asia, February 21, 2020

Chinese censorship demonstrates it can afford the cost of ‘the death of media’
Global Voices, February 21, 2020

敏感詞管制嚴苛 網課直播屢遭禁 (During virus outbreak, online homework and livestreamed classes are blocked by China's firewall)
Ming Pao, February 20, 2020

Discovering Twitter: China finds a use abroad for Twitter, a medium it fears at home
The Economist, February 20, 2020

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Academics Around the World Write to Xi Jinping: Give Freedom of Speech Back to the Chinese People
China Change, February 22, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Coronavirus: Wuhan eases lockdown then U-turns 3 hours later, while China’s daily deaths rise 55 per cent
South China Morning Post, February 24, 2020

Coronavirus: China postpones National People's Congress
The Guardian, February 24, 2020

China considers 'complete ban' on wildlife trade
Channel News Asia, February 24, 2020

Coronavirus: Wuhan to quarantine all cured patients for 14 days after some test positive again
South China Morning Post, February 23, 2020

Despite Government Assurances, Medical Workers in Hubei Say They Lack Supplies
China File, February 22, 2020

湖北山东浙江监狱爆发疫情 逾五百人感染 (Over 500 infected in Hubei prisons)
Radio Free Asia, February 21, 2020

Coronavirus: prisons must learn from outbreak, China’s top legal official says
South China Morning Post, February 23, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

【 10.6 深水埗】撞人的士司機至今未被起訴 許智峯提私人檢控危險駕駛 (Legislator Ted Hui files private prosecution against taxi driver who drove into protest crowd but has not been subject to criminal investigation)
Stand News, February 24, 2020

Hong Kong police watchdog has no power to scrutinise complaint about officer ‘ramming’ motorbike into protesters
Hong Kong Free Press, February 21, 2020

Acting vice-principal at Hong Kong school suspended for sharing poem with death on police and their families embedded
South China Morning Post, February 24, 2020

何君堯等發起聯署促 23 條立法 聲稱逾 10 萬人參與 光頭警長微博籲全國全民聯署 (Junius Ho starts public petition to push forward Article 23 legislation)
Stand News, February 24, 2020

《蘋果》指林鄭向北京呈報告 賴暴亂、醫護罷工阻抗疫 篤建制派、行會成員背脊 (In leaked report to Beijing, Carrie Lam blames protests for failures in anti-outbreak policies; accuses pro-establishment camp for abandoning her; orders Hospital Authority to fire medical staff who took part in strike; and says outbreak in Hong Kong is "precious chance for U-turn for September elections")
Stand News, February 22, 2020

港《蘋果》密件揭林鄭向北京獻計 藉抗疫令建制選情轉危為機 (Leaked report reveals Carrie Lam proposed to Beijing to use coronavirus outbreak as opportunity to help pro-establishment camp win September LegCo elections)
Apple Daily, February 22, 2020

醫管局降低隔離病房保護衣規格 Dirty team醫生黃任匡:打擊前線士氣 埋身護理Level 1未必夠阻隔病毒 (Hospital Authority lowers standards for protective clothing worn in quarantine wards but denies shortage)
Citizen News, February 23, 2020

【武漢肺炎】員工陣線批抗疫物資數字不盡不實 醫管局:數字準確 裝備夠一個月使用 (Union slams Hospital Authority for misleading figures on shortage of protective gear, concerned that procedural standards are lowered to make up for lack of supplies, risking patient and staff safety)
Stand News, February 20, 2020

張超雄斥300億抗疫基金「救市不救人」 朱凱廸:香港俾功能組別害死 (Funding aid from government saves the market not the people, slams pan-dems), February 21, 2020

政府斥15億資助本地生產口罩 民主派質疑明益工聯會 (Government allots funding for local face masks production, but faces accusations of profiting pro-Beijing camp), February 21, 2020

Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s low-income families struggling to afford masks and disinfectant, new study claims
South China Morning Post, February 23, 2020

Protests over Yuen Long feature beer, champagne as some celebrate Hong Kong police officer’s coronavirus infection
South China Morning Post, February 21, 2020

Commentary (评论)

The coronavirus outbreak exposes the truth about socialism with Chinese characteristics
Hong Kong Free Press, February 23, 2020

Hong Kong protests: It’s not the economy, stupid, it’s the politics
Hong Kong Free Press, February 23, 2020

Off with their heads! Beijing names new men to run Hong Kong affairs, but will there be change?
Hong Kong Free Press, February 22, 2020

The coronavirus is no Chernobyl, but a wake-up call for China’s top-down autocratic rule
South China Morning Post, February 22, 2020

How China is losing global trust and goodwill over its handling of the coronavirus crisis
South China Morning Post, February 22, 2020

李立峯:社會運動下的抗疫和抗疫下的社會運動 (Combatting viral outbreak amid a social movement, and undergoing a social movement in a viral outbreak)
Ming Pao, February 20, 2020