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, May 07, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

“人质外交”?维族学者消失三年后突现身 (“Hostage diplomacy"? Uyghur scholar reappears after being missing for three years)
Deutsche Welle, May 7, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

上海杨浦区法院原院长任湧飞被双开:充当黑恶势力保护伞 (Former head of Shanghai Yangpu District Court is fired and stripped of Party membership for shielding criminal elements)
Beijing News, May 7, 2020

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Coronavirus may have jumped to humans as early as October, study says
South China Morning Post, May 7, 2020

欧盟:中国日报删除欧洲27国大使联名文章部分内容令人遗憾 (EU: China Daily deletes part of joint article by 27 European ambassadors, “EU-China ties vital amid global crisis”)
Voice of America, May 7, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

新冠维权路漫漫,逝者家属受监控威胁 (COVID-19 rights protection arduous, family members of deceased under threat of surveillance)
Radio Free Asia, May 6, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Hong Kong’s mass arrests are giving police crucial intelligence: people’s phones
Quartz, May 6, 2020

WeChat's surveillance of international users boosts censorship in China, researchers say
CBC News, May 7, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

Mike Pompeo says US report assessing Hong Kong autonomy to be delayed until after Chinese legislative session; maintains coronavirus claims
South China Morning Post, May 7, 2020

北京逼香港法官表态“用实际行动”严惩黎智英等 (Beijing openly asks Hong Kong court to "use practical actions" to severely punish media tycoon Jimmy Lai and others)
Radio France Internationale, May 7, 2020

Hong Kong gov’t slams pro-democracy district councillors for protesting meeting cancellation
Hong Kong Free Press, May 7, 2020

立法會審議民主派提出削減警隊開支及官員薪酬等修正案 (Democratic LegCo members propose reducing police budget and government officials' salaries)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 7, 2020