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, December 15, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

Xinjiang: more than half a million forced to pick cotton, report suggests
The Guardian, December 15, 2020

Coercive Labor in Xinjiang: Labor Transfer and the Mobilization of Ethnic Minorities to Pick Cotton
Center for Global Policy, December 14, 2020

调查显示新疆棉花生产大多来自强迫劳动 NGO呼吁服装企业切断与新疆关联 (Investigation shows most Xinjiang cotton production comes from forced labor; NGOs urges apparel companies to cut ties with Xinjiang)
Radio France Internationale, December 15, 2020

I.C.C. Won’t Investigate China’s Detention of Muslims
New York Times, December 15, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

诗人王藏夫妇被以煽颠罪起诉 (Poet Wang Zang and wife are formally charged with inciting subversion)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2020

Access to Information (公众知情权)

中國教育部:學者不可因追求國際發表論文 刻意矮化醜化中國 (China's Ministry of Education: Scholars must not seek publication of dissertations abroad that deliberately denigrate China)
Stand News, December 15, 2020

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

“中国酷吏举报清算中心”在美成立 焦距基层官员 ("China Torture Officials Whistleblower Center" established in U.S., focused on lower-level officials)
Radio Free Asia, December 14, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese professor, despite no remorse, to return home after guilty plea in Huawei theft case
Reuters, December 14, 2020

Coronavirus: ‘transparency’ of China vaccine questioned by Brazil’s drug agency
Agence France-Presse, December 15, 2020

Chinese Communist Party database leak reveals infiltration into Western companies
Daily Telegraph, December 14, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Revealed: China suspected of spying on Americans via Caribbean phone networks
The Guardian, December 15, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

National security law: Hongkonger charged with secession over alleged independence chants denied bail for second time
South China Morning Post, December 15, 2020

周梓樂死因研訊播放片段 黑影墜落後一分鐘另一人出現 (Chow Tse-lok death investigation: Footage shows person appearing 1 minute after shadow fell)
RTHK, December 15, 2020

【周梓樂死因研訊】警未能破解梓樂iPhone11 兩度要求蘋果公司協助不果 裁判官籲TG成員作供 (Chow Tse-lok death investigation: Apple twice declined assistance to police to crack Chow’s iPhone11; magistrate judge urges Telegram group members to provide evidence)
CitizenNews, December 15, 2020

Hong Kong’s Bookazine refuses to stock political title by HKFP columnist citing security law fears
Hong Kong Free Press, December 15, 2020

香港民研:繁榮指標創1997年有紀錄以來新低 (Hong Kong Public Opinion Research institute,PORI, shows new low in confidence in prosperity since 1997)
Inmediahk, December 15, 2020

香港中共党员“地上化”?“紫荆党”的七个政治启示 (New Bauhinia Party—localization of CPC members in Hong Kong?)
Deutsche Welle, December 15, 2020

Commentary (评论)

通識教育和蘇格拉底之死 (Death of General Studies and Socrates)
Ming Pao, December 15, 2020