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, July 14, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

Joint Letter calling on the Government of Canada to Invoke Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Sanctions) against PRC & Hong Kong Officials
Alliance Canada Hong Kong, July 14, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China leadership critic Xu Zhangrun sacked one day after release, friends say
South China Morning Post, July 14, 2020

许章润教授被清华以"道德败坏"为由革职 (Professor Xu Zhangrun dismissed by Tsinghua University for "moral corruption")
Deutsche Welle, July 14, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

肺炎受害者家属索赔反遭当局胁迫 (Family member of COVID-19 victim seeking government compensation is threatened by authorities to withdraw claim)
Radio Free Asia, July 13, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

U.K. Bars Huawei From 5G Network, Raising Tensions With China
The New York Times, July 14, 2020

英国宣布弃用华为 北京密切关注 (Beijing is closely tracking UK’s decision to drop Huawei from 5G)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 14, 2020

金盾工程:數字監控技術如何改變中國政府的維穩偏好 (Golden Shield Project: How digital surveillance technology changes Chinese government's preference in ways to maintain stability)
The Initium, July 14, 2020

抖音又有麻烦 微信也被“拖下水”?(Will WeChat be drawn into the new problem faced by Douyin?)
Radio Free Asia, July 13, 2020

Hong Kong, 香港

Hong Kong primaries: China declares pro-democracy polls 'illegal'
The Guardian, July 14, 2020

Hong Kong elections: Beijing accuses Occupy protest leader Benny Tai of breaking national security law through primary poll
South China Morning Post, July 14, 2020

香港中联办发言人:严厉谴责反对派策动非法“初选”破坏立法会选举公平 决不允许外部势力操控香港政治事务 (LOCPG spokesperson: Harshly condemn opposition faction for instigating illegal “primaries” to undermine the fairness of legislative elections; never allow foreign forces to manipulate Hong Kong political affairs)
The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong S.A.R., July 13, 2020

国务院港澳办:绝不允许操控香港立法会选举 (HKMAO: Never allow manipulation of Hong Kong legislative elections)
Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, July 14, 2020

Hong Kong Voters Defy Beijing, Endorsing Protest Leaders in Primary

The New York Times, July 14, 2020

特首:若初選目的是達至對抗政府 或違港區國安法 (Carrie Lam: If these primaries aim to oppose the government, they may violate the National Security Law)
Radio Television Hong Kong, July 14, 2020

選管會:初選不構成立法會選舉程序一部分 籲參與選舉活動時留意《國安法》條文 (Electoral Affairs Commission: Primaries do not constitute a part of the legislative election process, participants should pay attention to National Security Law)
The Stand News, July 14, 2020

Commentary (评论)

Life in Hong Kong Has Always Been Impossible

The New York Times, July 14, 2020