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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

US, International Lawmakers Urge UN to Launch Probe of Rights Abuses in Xinjiang
Radio Free Asia, November 17, 2020

Taiwan (台湾)

Pro-China TV station in Taiwan ordered off air over disinformation
The Guardian, November 18, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Prison recommended for Chinese citizen journalist for coronavirus reports from Wuhan
South China Morning Post, November 18, 2020

强奸幼女获轻判 法院量刑还依据法律吗?(Are light sentences for rape convicts involving underage girls in accordance with the law?)
Radio Free Asia, November 17, 2020

广州当局逮捕范一平等多名民运人士(Guangzhou authorities arrest local pro-democracy activists including Fan Yiping)
Radio Free Asia, November 17, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Scoop: State Department to release Kennan-style paper on China
Axios, November 17, 2020

The Elements of the China Challenge
U.S. Department of State, November 17, 2020

“中国行动计划”两周年硕果累累 剑指“非传统情报分子”(In report at 2nd anniversary of “China Initiative,” U.S. Department of Justice announces substantial progress targeting “non-traditional intel gatherers”)
Radio Free Asia, November 17, 2020

The China Initiative: Year-in-Review (2019-20)
The US Department of Justice, November 16, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong police arrest 3 pro-democracy ex-lawmakers in connection with throwing foul-smelling objects in legislature
Hong Kong Free Press, November 18, 2020

Hong Kong mask manufacturer suspends business after being accused of possibly violating national security law over design and packaging of products
South China Morning Post, November 18, 2020

圖書館審查陳淑莊、黃之鋒等著作 油尖旺區會通過促重新上架(Yau Tsim Mong district council approves return of books by Tanya Chan, Joshua Wong to library shelves), November 18, 2020

言論被指涉違港區國安法 科大教授李靜君反駁原意遭扭曲 (Accused of violating National Security Law, Professor Ching Kwan Lee of the University of Science and Technology of China argues the meaning of her expression was distorted), November 18, 2020

HRIC Note: The accusers are pro-Beijing newspapers Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po. The sentence in question is “Hong Kong belongs to the world”—which Professor Lee says she used to describe Hong Kong’s connection with the international community in terms of culture, consciousness, and economic ties, rather than sovereignty.

Commentary (评论)

議會蓋棺,泛民退場——香港再無立法會 (Legco is dead as Pan-dems withdraw: Hong Kong no longer has a legislature)
The News Lens, November 18, 2020