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, July 23, 2020

Xinjiang (新疆)

190团体吁终结新疆强迫劳动 向服饰品牌施压 (Groups call for end to forced labor in Xinjiang, pressure aimed at apparel brands)
Deutsche Welle, July 23, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

因批习获罪? 任志强被指贪污遭开除党籍移送法办 (Guilty for criticizing Xi? Ren Zhiqiang, expelled from CPC, faces criminal prosecution for corruption)
Radio France International, July 23, 2020

Access to Information (公众知情权)

“重拳利剑” - 中国开启新一轮网络整治 ("Heavy fist and sharp sword": China launches new campaign to bring Internet under control)
Deutsche Welle, July 23, 2020

国家网信办针对网络传播秩序突出问题亮利剑出重拳 集中整治商业网站平台和“自媒体”违法违规行为 (CAC takes sharp sword and heavy fist against acute problems in Internet dissemination order, centralizes control of violations of laws and regulations by commercial and “self-media” web platforms), July 23, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China ‘set to shut US consulate’ in response to Houston closure, and denies Covid-19 is a factor
South China Morning Post, July 23, 2020

US prosecutors say Chinese researcher is evading arrest in San Francisco consulate
South China Morning Post, July 23, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

US Senate panel unanimously approves ban on TikTok on government devices
South China Morning Post, July 23, 2020

法国网络安全局ANSSI确认:华为设备也将被法国网络逐步排除 (French Nat’l Cybersecurity Agency ANSSI confirms gradual phaseout of Huawei equipment from French networks)
Radio France Internationale, July 23, 2020

滥用科技侵犯人权 中共再成众矢之的 (Abusing technology to violate human rights: CPC is again the target)
Voice of America, July 23, 2020

USCIRF Virtual Hearing on Technological Surveillance of Religion in China
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, July 22, 2020

U.S. Senate report accuses China of 'digital authoritarianism'
Reuters, July 21, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

Beijing threatens to stop recognising Hong Kong BN(O) passports in retaliation for British offer to city residents
South China Morning Post, July 23, 2020

【稱違限聚令】警方自行定義「記者」票控網媒學生報 記協:無法律基礎 (Hong Kong Journalists Association: Police’s ticketing web media, student newspaper journalists for gathering ban violation lacks legal basis)
CitizenNews, July 23, 2020

港區國安法|德外長:將推出回應措施 如簡化港人入境限制及終止與港引渡協議等 (German Foreign Minister on National Security Law for Hong Kong: Countermeasures will include reducing entry restrictions for Hong Kong residents, terminating extradition agreement with Hong Kong)
Ming Pao, July 23, 2020

《港區國安法》爭議多 終院最資深海外非常任法官賀輔明勳爵:問題將需要回答 (Lord Hoffmann, Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong, on National Security Law: Controversial questions will need answering)
The Stand News, July 23, 2020

歐盟香港報告憂國安法毀兩制 港府斥毫無根據 不認同區會選舉和平進行 (Hong Kong gov’t slams EU concerns over National Security Law’s destruction of “One country, two systems” as unfounded, disagrees with characterization of district council elections as peaceful)
The Stand News, July 23, 2020

Hong Kong 2019 Annual Report: an exceptionally challenging year
European Commission, July 22, 2020

國際工聯:香港勞權惡化與中國屬同級別 侵害勞權公司國泰榜上有名 (Int’l Trade Union Confederation: Worker's rights in Hong Kong has sunk to the same level as China; Cathay Pacific is listed as a violator of worker's rights), July 23, 2020

2020 ITUC Global Rights Index: The World's Worst Countries for Workers
International Trade Union Confederation, June 18, 2020