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.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

Independent Tribunal Launched to Judge Claims of Mass Atrocities Crimes in Xinjiang
Radio Free Asia, September 4, 2020

Inner Mongolia (内蒙古)

US paper says its reporter was interrogated and held by police while covering Inner Mongolia language protests
Associated Press, September 4, 2020

China’s Crackdown on Mongolian Culture
The Diplomat, September 4, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China says Australian TV anchor detained on ‘national security’ grounds
Agence France-Presse, September 8, 2020

被拘押19个月首见律师 杨恒均:我是清白的,将抗争到底 (In first meeting with lawyer after 19 months in detention, Yang Hengjun says: I am innocent and will fight to the end)
Radio France International, September 4, 2020

北京:成蕾被拘系涉嫌危害中国国家安全 (Beijing: Australian national CGTV journalist Cheng Lei is detained on suspicion of endangering China's national security)
Deutsche Welle, September 8, 2020

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Australia flies journalists out of China after questioning
Reuters, September 7, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China Freezes Credentials for Journalists at U.S. Outlets, Hinting at Expulsions

The New York Times, September 7, 2020

New Chinese textbook that says Cultural Revolution brought ‘disaster’ on country stirs debate about historical memory
South China Morning Post, September 6, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China launches initiative for global data security issues
The Washington Post, September 8, 2020

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China
The Verge, September 4, 2020

Forget TikTok. China’s Powerhouse App Is WeChat, and Its Power Is Sweeping.

The New York Times, September 8, 2020

中印冲突:印度再禁118款中国应用,中方抨击“滥用国家安全”概念 (China-India conflict: India bans 118 Chinese apps again, China criticizes the concept of "abuse of national security")
BBC, September 8, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

No ‘separation of powers’ in Hong Kong, Beijing agencies say, adding Deng Xiaoping spelled out stance in 1987
South China Morning Post, September 8, 2020

香港中联办发言人:香港特别行政区行政主导的政治体制由其宪制地位所决定 (LOCPG Spokesperson: The political system led by HKSAR is determined by its constitutional position)
Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong S.A.R., September 7, 2020

国务院港澳办发言人:关于香港特别行政区实行“三权分立”的说法必须纠正 (HKMAO Spokesperson: The talk of HKSAR's “separation of powers” needs correction)
Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, September 7, 2020

U.N. experts decry Hong Kong security law in open letter to China
Reuters, September 3, 2020

联合国专家指国安法侵害港人基本权利 (UN Experts say National Security Law violates Hong Kong People's basic rights)
Deutsche Welle, September 4, 2020

Seven UN experts’ communications to China urging review and reconsideration of National Security Law to comply with international law
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, September 1, 2020

UN Legal Experts Urge China to Review, Reconsider National Security Law to Comply with Its International Obligations
Human Rights in China, September 6, 2020

Hong Kong residents arrested at sea 'will have to be dealt with' by mainland China: Lam
Reuters, September 8, 2020

Hong Kong Detainees in China Denied Meetings with Defense Lawyers
Radio Free Asia, September 7, 2020

Hong Kong activist Tam Tak-chi faces sedition charges for uttering protest slogans, hours after leader Carrie Lam’s free speech assurances
Agence France-Presse, September 8, 2020

香港进「以言入罪」年代 首以发表煽动文字拘捕社运人士谭得志 (Hong Kong enters era of "criminalization of speech" with arrest of social activist Tam Tak-chi for publishing sedition)
Radio France International, September 6, 2020

Hong Kong protests: at least 289 arrested as scattered groups heed online calls to rally on postponed election day
South China Morning Post, September 6, 2020

Video: Hong Kong police say ‘minimum force’ was used to tackle fleeing 12-year-old girl during pro-democracy demo
Hong Kong Free Press, September 7, 2020

12 歲女童被警制服 小童群益會發聲明:執法人員須避免兒童受傷害 (Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association issues statement on police wrestling 12-year-old girl to the ground: Law enforcement must prevent children from being harmed)
The Stand News, September 8, 2020

National security law: keep views on Hong Kong politics to yourself, international school group warns teachers in new guidelines
South China Morning Post, September 4, 2020

Commentary (评论)

In Hong Kong, separation of powers has been a non-issue since 1987
South China Morning Post, September 7, 2020

How Chinese talk differently about dictatorship than Westerners
South China Morning Post, September 7, 2020

三權分立是中英國際協議(鍾劍華)(Robert Chung, chair of Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute: Separation of powers is a Sino-British international agreement)
Apple Daily, September 7, 2020