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.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

UN Chief Should Support Remote Investigation in Xinjiang
Human Rights Watch, April 8, 2021

国际社会呼吁中共立即释放维族企业家(International community calls on Chinese gov’t to immediately release Uyghur entrepreneur Ekpar Asat)
Voice of America, April 9, 2021

Tibet (西藏)

中共西藏当局颁布边境新禁令 防止外部渗透(Chinese authorities in Tibet issue new border rules to prevent external infiltration)
Voice of America, April 8, 2021

四川阿坝一藏族僧侣遭羁押一年半后 被以“分裂”罪名判刑(Tibetan monk in Aba, Sichuan, is convicted of “splittism” after 1.5 years in detention)
Radio Free Asia, April 9, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

US Bill to pressure China on trade and rights, back Taiwan
Agence France-Presse, April 9, 2021

Related:
Japan Toughens on China as Beijing Issues Threats
Foreign Policy, April 9, 2021

Philippines Welcomes US Backing to Help Defend Manila in South China Sea
Radio Free Asia, April 8, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

US sanctions Chinese computer makers in widening tech fight
Associated Press, April 9, 2021

美国制裁中国七家超级计算机实体 中方称美国恶意打压(U.S. sanctions 7 Chinese supercomputing entities; China alleges malicious crackdown)
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 9, 2021

Related:
Commerce Adds Seven Chinese Supercomputing Entities to Entity List for their Support to China’s Military Modernization, and Other Destabilizing Efforts
U.S. Department of Commerce, April 8, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Exclusive | Don’t undermine Hong Kong’s rule of law by politicising presence of foreign judges, ex-justice minister Elsie Leung cautions Western countries
South China Morning Post, April 9, 2021

Pro-democracy pair to quit Hong Kong district council seats over new allegiance oath
Hong Kong Free Press, April 9, 2021

Hong Kong judiciary reveals bail decision reasons in cases linked to city’s largest national security law crackdown
South China Morning Post, April 9, 2021

Related:
District Court does have jurisdiction to hear sedition cases, Hong Kong judge rules, despite questions raised by national security law
South China Morning Post, April 9, 2021

Hong Kong university student charged with inciting secession under the national security law
Hong Kong Free Press, April 9, 2021

Hong Kong defends plan to reduce corporate database transparency
Agence France-Presse, April 9, 2021

Andrew Wan charged over interference of Legco panel election
The Standard, April 9, 2021

【整治港台】鏗鏘集原有班底製作題材被叫停拍攝 僅一集內容獲「放生」(RTHK orders Hong Kong Connection production team to stop filming programs already in progress; only one episode is approved)
Stand News, April 9, 2021

香港民研:七成人指選舉改革是民主倒退 六成人反對資格審查(Hong Kong public opinion poll: 70% view electoral overhaul as democratic regression; 60% oppose candidate eligibility review)
Stand News, April 9, 2021

Related:
「我們香港人計劃」有關全國人大常委會修改後的香港選舉制度的調查發佈會暨第九次小型政策論壇
“We Hongkongers Survey” press conference cum our ninth mini-policy forum about HKSAR Electoral System by NPCSC
Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, April 9, 2021

曾國衞︰考慮是否將資審會審查延伸至區議會(Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang says the gov’t is considering extending candidate eligibility review to district council level)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 8, 2021

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China’s Hard and Soft Lines on Xinjiang
The Diplomat, April 8, 2021

Related:
The challenge of blocking Chinese cotton to help the Uyghurs
Financial Times, April 8, 2021

‘I Never Thought China Could Ever Be This Dark’
The Atlantic, April 8, 2021

China Moves to Correct ‘Lies’ and ‘Misinformation’ In Australian Reporting on Uyghurs
Voice of America, April 8, 2021

Related:
‘We will respond in kind’: China’s ambassador warns Australia not to join Xinjiang sanctions
The Guardian, April 7, 2021

新疆人权:BBC专访中国制裁名单上的英国议会外交委员会主席图根哈特(Human Rights in Xinjiang: BBC Interviews with Tugendhat, British MP and Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee, on China’s sanctions list)
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 8, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

Taiwan says it will fight to the end if attacked as China sends more jets
The Guardian, April 7, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

一组国际科学家呼吁对新冠病毒的源头展开新的调查(International scientists call for new probe into Covid-19 origins)
Voice of America, April 8, 2021

Related:
Scientists call for new probe into COVID-19 origins - with or without China
Reuters, April 7, 2021

中国官媒CGTN被英国吊销牌照后又在法国遭起诉(Chinese official media CGTN is sued in France after UK revokes its license)
Radio France Internationale, April 8, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

安徽“猪头人身”漫画作者张冬宁再遭判囚(Comic strip artist Zhang Dongning is sentenced to one year in prison for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble")
Radio Free Asia, April 8, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s Techno-Authoritarianism Has Gone Global
Foreign Affairs, April 8, 2021

疑似中国黑客为何能入侵微软:可能通过挖掘事先获得的个人信息(How did suspected Chinese hackers break into Microsoft: Possibly by mining personal information obtained in advance)
The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2021

Related:
Suspected China Hack of Microsoft Shows Signs of Prior Reconnaissance
The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2021

Milk Tea Alliance: Twitter creates emoji for pro-democracy activists
BBC News, April 8, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong gov’t moves quickly to implement political changes ordered by Beijing
Hong Kong Free Press, April 8, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong electoral changes about driving city back to straight and narrow, says senior mainland Chinese official
South China Morning Post, April 8, 2021

National security law: Hong Kong defendant challenges jury exclusion for first trial under Beijing-imposed legislation
South China Morning Post, April 8, 2021

Related:
National security law: Hong Kong student accused of weapons possession charged with secession offence
South China Morning Post, April 8, 2021

UK announces HK$460 million package to help new arrivals from Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, April 8, 2021

Related:
Beijing accuses Britain of ‘sheltering criminals’ by granting asylum to fugitive Hong Kong activist Nathan Law
South China Morning Post, April 8, 2021

百多名公務員未簽署效忠聲明 當局將要求相關人員解釋(Over 100 civil servants who declined to take oath will be called to explain)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 8, 2021

黎銘澤宣布拒絕宣誓 將辭任區議員 無交代離港傳聞(Sai Kung district councilor Lai Ming Chak refuses to take oath, resigns; silent on rumor of him leaving Hong Kong)
Stand News, April 8, 2021

反修例事件2521人涉司法程序 614人被定罪(2521 under judicial proceedings involving Anti-ELAB incidents, 617 convicted)
Stand News, April 8, 2021

12港人案丨李子賢鄭子豪完成檢疫出庭 還押候訊(Hong Kong 12 Case: Li Tsz Yin and Cheng Tsz Ho finish quarantine, remanded in custody)
Stand News, April 8, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Here’s How to Handle the ‘Genocide Olympics’ in Beijing
北京冬奥会为我们带来应对习近平的筹码

The New York Times, April 8, 2021

Anti-China is not anti-Asian
Washington Post, April 6, 2021

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang
The New Yorker, April 5, 2021

China Sentences Two Ex-Xinjiang Officials to Death on Separatism Charges
Voice of America, April 7, 2021

China researchers face abuse, sanctions as Beijing looks to silence critics
The Washington Post, April 7, 2021

Turkey summons China’s envoy over Uygur tweets
South China Morning Post, April 7, 2021

Global Brands Find It Hard to Untangle Themselves From Xinjiang Cotton
无法摆脱的新疆棉:西方与中国之间,国际品牌选哪边

The New York Times, April 7, 2021

Tibet (西藏)

China’s ‘new’ border rules in Tibet point to same old dispute with India
South China Morning Post, April 7, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

持续受到中国打压 外媒记者呼吁抵制不对称媒体战 (Journalists urge actions against China's asymmetric war on media)
Voice of America, April 7, 2021

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

中国网络暴力猎巫 女权博主纷纷炸号 (Weibo accounts of Chinese women's rights activists suspended after they shared experience as targets of misogynistic bullying)
Radio Free Asia, April 6, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

大赦国际年度报告批评中国侵犯人权有增无减 (Amnesty International report: Increase in human rights violations in China)
Deutsche Welle, April 7, 2021

Related:
Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The State of the World's Human Rights
Amnesty International, April 7, 2021

US in ‘close consultations’ with allies on possible action over Beijing Olympics
Associated Press, April 7, 2021

Related:
China Warns Washington Not to Boycott Winter Olympics
Associated Press, April 7, 2021

别了谨言慎行 日本已不肯迁就北京 (Goodbye to cautious talk, Japan no longer coddles Beijing)
Radio France Internationale, April 7, 2021

How Will China Vaccinate 560 Million People? Start With Free Ice Cream.
中国如何推动疫苗接种?从买一赠一冰淇淋开始

The New York Times, April 7, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong lawmakers, district councillors face instant disqualification after taking oath if their behaviour is ‘problematic’, senior official warns
South China Morning Post, April 7, 2021

Related:
Think twice about Legco bids, says Lau
The Standard, April 7, 2021

Arrests and Covid-19 restrictions leave Hong Kong’s opposition parties in cash crunch
South China Morning Post, April 6, 2021

Disqualified lawmaker Dennis Kwok fled to Canada
The Standard, April 6, 2021

元朗區議員杜嘉倫稱不宣誓並已遞信辭職(Yuen Long district councilor To Ka-lun refuses to take oath, resigns)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 7, 2021

Hong Kong activists plead guilty but say ‘history will absolve us’
The Guardian, April 7, 2021

Hong Kong activist Andy Li remanded in custody following first court appearance over security law charge
Hong Kong Free Press, April 7, 2021

元朗 14 歲中槍少年認暴動罪 判入教導所兼留案底 迄今最年輕認暴動被告(14-year old shot by police is youngest to plead guilty to rioting in 2019 protests; sentenced to correctional center)
Stand News, April 7, 2021

Student union and Tai Kwun art show attacked by pro-Beijing press for ‘promoting violence’ in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, April 7, 2021

國際特赦年度報告 轟國安法釀寒蟬效應 促撤行使人權者控罪、確保公共廣播編輯自主(Amnesty International annual report on Hong Kong slams chilling effect of National Security Law; urges dropping of charges against those who exercise rights and ensure public broadcaster's editorial independence)
Stand News, April 7, 2021

Related:
National security laws and pandemic: a destructive combination for human rights in Hong Kong
《香港年度人權狀況回顧》2020:國安法疫情雙重打擊 香港人權狀況堪憂
Amnesty International Hong Kong, April 7, 2021

【香港民研】傳媒滿意度、公信力等多項指標均急瀉 創歷史新低(Survey shows record low in credibility of and public satisfaction in media)
Stand News, April 7, 2021

Related:
POP releases people’s appraisal of news media
民研計劃發放市民對新聞傳媒的評價
Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, April 7, 2021

Commentary (评论)

China Has an Image Problem—but Knows How to Fix It
Foreign Policy, April 6, 2021

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China Tries to Counter Xinjiang Backlash With … a Musical?
中国推出新疆歌舞片,反击国际批评

The New York Times, April 6, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

China holds aircraft carrier drills in waters near Taiwan
Associated Press, April 6, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

中国效仿克里姆林宫的“信息战”手法
China Adopts Kremlin's 'Information War' Tactics
Voice of America, April 6, 2021

Satirist Jailed For Tweets Cursing Life Under The Ruling Chinese Communist Party
Radio Free Asia, April 5, 2021

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

北京外卖小哥维权者陈国江已被正式逮捕 (Chen Guojiang, rights advocate for delivery workers, is formally arrested)
Radio Free Asia, April 6, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea
中国在争议水域部署大量船只,加强对南海控制

The New York Times, April 6, 2021

China, US send warships into disputed waters as tensions rise over Whitsun Reef
South China Morning Post, April 5, 2021

Related:
Philippines Threatens Daily Protests Over Chinese Ships in South China Sea
BenarNews, April 5, 2021

China cautions Japan as it speaks up before Biden, Suga meet
The Washington Post, April 6, 2021

China Puts Limits on Foreign Banks, Worrying Businesses
中国出台新规,限制外资银行在华开展业务

The New York Times, April 6, 2021

国务院新闻办公室发表《人类减贫的中国实践》白皮书 (China's State Council Information Office releases “Poverty Alleviation: China's Experience and Contribution” whitepaper)
Beijing News, April 6, 2021

Related:
《人类减贫的中国实践》白皮书(双语全文) (Bilingual full text: Poverty Alleviation: China's Experience and Contribution)
China Daily, April 6, 2021

內地近一億農村貧困人口脫貧 當局稱脫貧戶有返貧風險 (Nearly 100 million rural poor are lifted out of poverty; authorities admit many still at risk of returning to poverty)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 6, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s recent electoral overhaul, national security law can’t be viewed apart, civil service chief tells staff
South China Morning Post, April 6, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong electoral changes: debate rages about making it illegal to cast blank votes but city’s biggest opposition party says it’s too early to talk about such tactics
South China Morning Post, April 6, 2021

Storm over M+: is Beijing targeting the Hong Kong museum, or is it just politicians looking to score points?
South China Morning Post, April 6, 2021

Related:
Artist navigates red lines to take his protest message to the streets of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, April 6, 2021

Hong Kong government has made public broadcaster RTHK a place of fear, uncertainty and self-censorship, insider claims
South China Morning Post, April 6, 2021

「認為國家不對也應支持」 教局學校自評套件 老師稱學校因國教壓力納入題目(Teachers say schools are under pressure to include national education-related questions for Education Bureau's schools self-assessment)
Citizen News, April 5, 2021

Related:
Assessment Program for Affective and Social Outcomes (2nd Version) (APASO-II)
情意及社交表現評估套件(第二版)
Education Bureau, September 15, 2016

Monday, April 05, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China intensifies Xinjiang propaganda push as global backlash grows
Financial Times, April 2, 2021

Related:
How will Facebook deal with Beijing’s propaganda on Xinjiang?
SupChina, April 2, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

Taiwan reports new incursion by Chinese jets into its air defence zone
South China Morning Post, April 5, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

维权律师要求中国政府公布新冠疫苗技术方案(Human rights lawyer demands public disclosure of Covid-19 vaccine formula and manufacturing process)
Radio Free Asia, April 5, 2021

European Union condemns China media ‘harassment’ after BBC journalist leaves country following legal threats
South China Morning Post, April 2, 2021

BBC记者沙磊离京赴台后,欧盟敦促中国确保新闻自由(After BBC reporter leaves Beijing for Taiwan, EU urges China to ensure press freedom)
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 5, 2021

Related:
EU Urges China to Ensure Freedom of Speech After BBC Journalist Leaves Country
Reuters, April 2, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

应对中国挑战,澳大利亚通过学术自由新法律(Responding to China’s challenge, Australia passes new law on academic freedom)
Deutsche Welle, April 5, 2021

Related:
Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Bill 2020
Parliament of Australia, November 20, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Facing pressure at home, Chinese tech giants expand in Singapore
Agence-France Presse, April 5, 2021

阿里巴巴北京总部设党委 民企与党的关系“剪不断,理还乱”( Alibaba’s sets up CPC committee inside Beijing headquarters; private enterprises can't extricate from CPC)
Voice of America, April 2, 2021

华为公布新「合法」监听专利 专家指可进行大规模监听(Huawei announces new “lawful” monitoring patent; experts say it can conduct large-scale monitoring)
Radio France Internationale, April 3, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong to vet political candidates' past to ensure loyalty to China: Official
Agence-France Presse, April 3, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong electoral changes: key Beijing loyalists can take up seats on Election Committee aside from ones reserved for them
South China Morning Post, April 4, 2021

民主黨:黨內傾向區議員宣誓 參選立會與否黨員投票決定(Democratic Party's district councilors inclined to take oath; members to vote on whether to run in Legco election)
Stand News, April 5, 2021

Survey shows Hongkongers oppose changes to Liberal Studies subject as gov’t endorses new name
Hong Kong Free Press, April 3, 2021

Related:
National security law: Hong Kong teachers should ‘take police advice’ to help them comply with Beijing-decreed legislation in class
South China Morning Post, April 3, 2021

Five Hong Kong fugitives recently returned by mainland authorities make first court appearance after completing quarantine
South China Morning Post, April 5, 2021

Related:
李宇軒妹妹:終於收到兄長訊息 正在消化(Andy Li's sister says she’s digesting information finally received about brother)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 2, 2021

Move to Curb Searches of Company Records Sparks Concern in Hong Kong
Radio Free Asia, April 1, 2021

Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK pulls radio show featuring opposition politician for ‘review of contentious content’
South China Morning Post, April 2, 2021

Related:
Protest sketches by local artist not distributed in Hong Kong over security law fears
Hong Kong Free Press, April 2, 2021

【整治港台】消息指《鏗鏘集》採訪《眾新聞》、《HKFP》節目被抽起 司徒元:可惜!(Another episode of RTHK's Hong Kong Connection with CitizenNews and Hong Kong Free Press interviews pulled)
Stand News, April 5, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Sanctions only escalate tensions. It's time to tackle the Uyghurs' plight differently
The Guardian, April 5, 2021

The strange case of Andy Li: Is Hong Kong acquiring mainland China’s legal habits?
Hong Kong Free Press, April 4, 2021

香港特首下一步将整顿教育、传媒及公务员(Education, media and civil servants will be the next reformative targets of Hong Kong Chief Executive)
RFI, April 4, 2021

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Beijing Orders Closure of Chinese Law Firm Tied to Hong Kong Activists
Voice of America, March 31, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

'Xinjiang cotton is my love': Patriots on show at China Fashion Week
Reuters, April 1, 2021

新疆人权:海外维吾尔人指控中国政府后付出的代价(Human rights in Xinjiang: Overseas Uyghurs are harassed, threatened after accusing Chinese government)
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 1, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

Taiwan to buy new U.S. air defence missiles to guard against China
Reuters, April 1, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Why are foreign journalists fleeing China?
Deutsche Welle, April 1, 2021

BBC记者辞京赴台事件持续发酵(Case of BBC reporter leaving Beijing for Taiwan continues to ferment)
Deutsche Welle, April 1, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

WHO’s COVID-19 Origin Report Leaves Everyone Unsatisfied
The Diplomat, April 1, 2021

14国联合指控中国妨碍世卫国际专家团武汉调查工作(14 countries jointly accuse China of obstructing investigation of WHO international expert team in Wuhan)
Radio France Internationale, April 1, 2021

中国官媒制造假新闻又一实证(Another example of China's official media making fake news)
Radio Free Asia, April 1, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

UK calls for world to ‘get tough’ with China as part of global trade shake-up
英国呼吁改革全球贸易体制、对中国采取强硬态度

Financial Times, March 31, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

7 Hong Kong veteran pro-democracy activists guilty of unauthorised assembly during peaceful 2019 demo
Hong Kong Free Press, April 1, 2021

Hong Kong protests: Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee, five former lawmakers convicted over unauthorised 2019 march from Victoria Park
South China Morning Post, April 1, 2021

The ties that bind: many bodies with new-found influence as part of Hong Kong’s electoral shake-up are linked to, if not controlled by, Beijing
South China Morning Post, April 1, 2021

Hong Kong judiciary says courts will withhold details on defendants and police from reporters, day after city’s leader warned against ‘weaponisation’ of personal information
South China Morning Post, March 31, 2021

Helena Wong ‘voted for gov’t motions’: Judiciary reveals how Hong Kong democrat got bail under security law
Hong Kong Free Press, April 1, 2021

Beijing Orders Closure of Chinese Law Firm Tied to Hong Kong Activists
Voice of America, March 31, 2021

晚報:公民與社會發展將取代通識,民調顯示六成人反對新課程少談民生政治(Liberal Studies renamed as Citizenship and Social Development; survey shows 60% oppose reduced discussion of socio-political issues in new curriculum)
Initium Media, April 1, 2021

Related:
“We Hongkongers Survey” press conference cum our eighth mini-policy forum about Liberal Studies Subject Reform
「我們香港人計劃」有關修改通識科課程的調查發佈會暨第八次小型政策論壇
Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, April 1, 2021

EDB announces measures to optimise four senior secondary core subjects
教育局公布高中四個核心科目的優化措施
HKSAR government, April 1, 2021

律師行聲明羅達雄「官派律師」指控錯誤 稱沒責任向李宇軒家人解釋委託詳情(Olympia Chambers: Lawrence Law is not a "government-appointed solicitor" and has no duty to inform Li's family about Li)
Ming Pao, April 1, 2021

Related:
Press Release 20210401
Olympia Chambers, April 1, 2021

Hong Kong does not warrant special US status since Beijing has slashed its autonomy, Antony Blinken reaffirms
South China Morning Post, April 1, 2021

Related:
2021 Hong Kong Policy Act Report
U.S. Department of State, March 31, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

BBC China correspondent John Sudworth moves to Taiwan after threats
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 31, 2021

The cost of speaking up against China
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 31, 2021

H&M’s latest statement on Xinjiang cotton is very careful not to mention Xinjiang
The Quartz, March 31, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Wuhan citizen journalist Chen Qiushi under surveillance but may escape prosecution
South China Morning Post, March 31, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

国际学者联名谴责中国制裁欧洲中国问题学者 (More than 400 academics condemn China's sanctions of British scholar)
Radio Free Asia, March 30, 2021

Related:
China denounced over ‘grave threat to academic freedom’
The Times, March 29, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

U.S. human rights report blasts China over Uighurs, Russia's targeting of Navalny
Reuters, March 30, 2021

Related:
Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
U.S. Department of State, March 30, 2021

2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: China (Includes Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet)
U.S. Department of State, March 30, 2021

Serbia Hails Chinese Companies as Saviors, but Locals Chafe at Costs
塞尔维亚称赞中国公司为救星,但当地人付出了代价

The New York Times, March 31, 2021

W.H.O. Inquiry on the Pandemic’s Origin: What We Know
关于世卫新冠溯源调查报告,我们知道些什么

The New York Times, March 31, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Chinese Big Tech's shadiest practices
Protocol, March 31, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s electoral overhaul goes much deeper than quashing anti-China opposition, it’s pushing city to mirror mainland ways, analysts say
South China Morning Post, March 31, 2021

China’s Overhaul of Hong Kong Elections Gives Security Bodies a Key Role
香港新选举制度将带来哪些影响?

The New York Times, March 31, 2021

Related:
Will Hong Kong’s new post of chief convenor of election committee in political shake-up create another power centre?
South China Morning Post, March 31, 2021

National security police will act on legal breaches found when screening election candidate, Hong Kong legislature told
Hong Kong Free Press, March 31, 2021

U.S. condemns China moves to further reduce Hong Kong political participation
Reuters, March 31, 2021

Mystery lawyer appears in court for Hong Kong activist Andy Li, but family still don’t know where he is
Hong Kong Free Press, March 31, 2021

Hong Kong security law: Defendant in first trial files bid to overturn ‘no jury’ decision
Hong Kong Free Press, March 31, 2021

Hong Kong’s liberal studies to be renamed ‘citizenship and social development’ as part of massive overhaul
South China Morning Post, March 31, 2021

Related:
How Hong Kong lost its academic freedom in 2020
Global Voices, March 30, 2021

Exclusive: Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK seeks to withdraw from journalism awards
Hong Kong Free Press, March 31, 2021

Related:
記協對港台暫不參與新聞獎表示極度遺憾(Hong Kong Journalists Association expresses regret over RTHK’s withdrawal from journalism awards)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 31, 2021

記協聲明(Hong Kong Journalists Association statement)
Hong Kong Journalists Association, March 31, 2021

林卓廷辭任北區區議員(Ex-lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, one of the 47 pro-democracy politicians detained, resigns from his North district councilor post)
Stand News, March 31, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Shielding Corporate Interests, Europe Leaves NGOs Working in China by the Wayside
ChinaFile, March 30, 2021

Lord Patten: through changing HK's electoral system "the CCP has shown the world once again that it cannot be trusted."
Hong Kong Watch, March 30, 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

报告:北京用“新疆模式”压制信奉伊斯兰的回族人 (Report: Beijing uses “Xinjiang Model” to suppress Hui Muslims)
Voice of America, March 30, 2021

Related:
Hui Muslims and the “Xinjiang Model” of State Suppression of Religion
Congressional-Executive Commission on China, March 29, 2021

UN panel warns that ‘well-known global brands’ may be linked to Xinjiang human rights abuses
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2021

Related:
China: UN experts deeply concerned by alleged detention, forced labour of Uyghurs
UN Office the High Commissioner for Human Rights, March 29, 2021

China's propaganda machine kicks into high gear over Xinjiang criticism
Washington Post, March 30, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

中国维权律师无辜遭打压 执业及生存环境愈发严峻 (Forced “voluntary” dissolution, arbitrary detention, travel restriction—rights defense lawyers struggle to survive under China's increasing repression)
Voice of America, March 30, 2021

陈秋实已经回到青岛父母家中 (Lawyer Chen Qiushi returns to parents' home after forced disappearance from Wuhan since February 2020)
Weiquanwang, March 30, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order.
专制联盟vs.民主联盟?中国欲领导新国际秩序

The New York Times, March 30, 2021

Virus Origins Remain Unclear in W.H.O.-China Inquiry
WHO新冠溯源报告未解答关键问题

The New York Times, March 30, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Beijing cuts Hong Kong's directly elected seats in radical overhaul
The Guardian, March 30, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong electoral revamp: December date for Legislative Council polls, key role for new chief convenor overseeing committee
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2021

Hong Kong national security police will screen election candidates
Hong Kong Free Press, March 30, 2021

In full: Beijing’s amendments to the annexes of Hong Kong’s Basic Law – in English
Hong Kong Free Press, March 30, 2021

中华人民共和国香港特别行政区基本法附件一 香港特别行政区行政长官的产生办法 (The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China Annex I – Method for the Selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region)
Xinhua, March 30, 2021

中华人民共和国香港特别行政区基本法附件二 香港特别行政区立法会的产生办法和表决程序 (The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China Annex II – Method for the Formation of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Its Voting Procedures)
Xinhua, March 30, 2021

CE's statement in response to approval by Standing Committee of National People's Congress of amended Annex I and Annex II to Basic Law
行政長官就全國人大常委會通過新修訂的《基本法》附件一和附件二發表聲明
HKSAR Government, March 30, 2021

Hong Kong protests: doxxing case sees first person found guilty using colonial-era sedition law since city was handed back to China in 1997
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2021

National security law: historian to argue Hong Kong protest slogan incites separatism in first trial under Beijing-imposed legislation
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2021

Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK axes news show episode – 9th cancellation since new chief took reins
Hong Kong Free Press, March 30, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says new RTHK boss is meeting her expectations
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2021

中大封殺學生會 過百聯署要求召開校友評議會大會 評議會稱涉國家安全拒絕(Citing national security concerns, CUHK’s Convocation rejects request by more than 100 alumni to convene meeting on the shutdown of newly-elected student union Syzygia)
Stand News, March 30, 2021

Related:
校友評議會常務委員會書面回覆(Reply of the Convocation Standing Committee)
Convocation of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, March 30, 2021

Police can decide if our art is illegal: Henry Tang
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 29, 2021

唐英傑擬就不設陪審團覆核 申押後審訊遭拒 官:須及時辦理(Tong Ying-kit, charged under National Security Law. appeals for adjournment over jury absence; judge: case needs immediate trial)
inmedia.hk, March 30, 2021

【12 港人】質疑政府近「秘密監禁」李宇軒 人權組織促告知家屬拘留詳情 (Human rights group raises concern over Andy Li’s secret detention, urges authorities to provide details to family)
Stand News, March 30, 2021

Related:
12港人案3人控縱火 鄭子豪4月提訊 廖子文還押至5月答辯(Three activists of Hong Kong 12 case officially charged with attempted arson)
Ming Pao, March 30, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media
The Diplomat, March 30, 2021

Commentary (评论)

鄧正健:追擊M+,炮轟藝發局——香港文藝界正面對什麼政治壓力? (Chasing after M+ and slamming Arts Development Council—what political pressure are Hong Kong’s literary and art circles facing?)
Initium Media, March 30, 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China Sanctions US, Canadian Citizens in Xinjiang Row
Agence France-Presse, March 27, 2021

Huawei removes Nike and Adidas from its app store amid Xinjiang cotton controversy
South China Morning Post, March 29, 2021

Related:
China: Companies Should Resist Boycott Threats
Human Rights Watch News, March 27, 2021

新疆家人失踪 哈萨克人要求北京出面解释(Kazakhs demand answer from Beijing on family members missing in Xinjiang)
Deutsche Welle, March 29, 2021

China to step up use of Mandarin in Xinjiang schools in face of growing international outcry over policies
South China Morning Post, March 27, 2021

UN in talks with China over 'no restrictions' visit to Xinjiang
The Guardian, March 29, 2021

Related:
古特雷斯:联合国争取不受限制地至新疆考察(Antonio Guterres: UN seeks unrestricted visit to Xinjiang)
Deutsche Welle, March 29, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

A Tawdry Tale of Local Graft Becomes a China #MeToo Moment
辅警许艳案:性、腐败与中国官场中的女性境遇

The New York Times, March 29, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中国再爆假奶粉 青岛奶粉致幼儿伤残(Cases of fake milk powder re-ignite in China in disability caused by baby formula in Qingdao)
Radio Free Asia, March 29, 2021

总书记亲民秀再遇喊冤女 寄希望于“青天大老爷”的冤民(In visit to Fujian, Xi Jinping encounters aggrieved petitioner calling for "Lord of Justice")
Voice of America, March 29, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

How Intel got blindsided by China's culture wars
Protocol, March 26, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong Speedboat Detainee 'in Solitary Confinement' in Psychiatric Facility: Report
Radio Free Asia, March 29, 2021

Mainland law firm linked to the ‘Hong Kong 12’ case is ordered to disband – lawyer
Hong Kong Free Press, March 29, 2021

China’s top legislative body to begin finalising Hong Kong electoral overhaul, with observers expecting it to ‘go as far as it can’
South China Morning Post, March 28, 2021

Related:
China’s 14th five-year plan: Hong Kong’s opportunities in 2021-25 blueprint to be discussed at panel meeting
South China Morning Post, March 29, 2021

通訊局就港台電視節目《台灣故事III》發出勸諭(Communications Authority issues admonition to Radio Television Hong Kong on “Taiwan Stories 3” program that portrays Taiwan as a country)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 29, 2021

Related:
Communications Authority Press Release (March)—Broadcast Complaints
通訊事務管理局新聞公報(三月)—廣播投訴
Communications Authority, March 29, 2021

港台設編輯委員會 稱3個被抽起節目不夠持平及準繩(Editorial Commission led by new head of RTHK cancels 3 programs deemed insufficiently fair and accurate)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 29, 2021

「朔夜」批《鏗鏘集》被抽起是侮辱 有議員稱不感意外(Syzygia, cabinet-elect of Chinese University's student union, calls pulling of episode of “Hong Kong Connection” containing interview with them an insult)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 29, 2021

New Hong Kong M+ art museum will not show Ai Weiwei’s Tiananmen photo – official
Hong Kong Free Press, March 29, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’
拜登评估美中竞争:21世纪民主与专制的较量

The New York Times, March 29, 2021

Friday, March 26, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China imposes sanctions on UK MPs, lawyers and academic in Xinjiang row
The Guardian, March 26, 2021

Related:
新疆人权:中国制裁英国的人与事和关键点(Human Rights in Xinjiang: People, events, key points in China's sanctions on Britain)
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 26, 2021

Netizen Voices: “Don't support Xinjiang Cotton, support Xinjiang people instead”
China Digital Times, March 25, 2021

People in China Left Wondering, ‘What Happened in Xinjiang?’
Human Rights Watch, March 25, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese military aircraft
March 26, 2021

反制中国《海警法》 美台签海巡备忘录(U.S.,Taiwan sign maritime patrol memorandum to counter China's Maritime Police Law)
Deutsche Welle, March 26, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

How China’s supreme court tried to open up the legal ‘black box’ to let in the light
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2021

抵抗拆迁被指妨碍公务 重庆四人遭重判(Four demolition resisters in Chongqing receive heavy sentences for “hindering official duties”)
Radio Free Asia, March 26, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

欧洲国际问题权威学者就制裁发表联署声明(Prominent European scholars on international affairs issue joint statement on China’s sanctions)
Deutsche Welle, March 25, 2021

Related:
Statement by European Research Institute Directors
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, March 25, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Winter of discontent: Will countries boycott China’s Olympics in 2022?
The Economist, March 27, 2021

At China’s Borders, “Vaccine Passports” Just Got Real
Foreign Policy, March 25, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Exclusive | Hong Kong’s Election Committee will control Legislative Council with bulk of its own candidates, but it could pick non-members to be its lawmakers, says pro-Beijing heavyweight
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2021

Related:
Survey finds declining confidence in Hong Kong’s democracy, rule of law and stability amid promise of ‘patriots’ ruling city
Hong Kong Free Press, March 26, 2021

保安局、懲教署及警方未有透露李宇軒羈押地點(Police, Security Bureau, Correctional Services Department continue to conceal Andy Li’s detention location)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 25, 2021

【7.1 闖立會案】王宗堯劉頴匡鄒家成等 14 人被控暴動 延至 2023 年開審(Cases of 14 charged with rioting over occupying Legislative Council in 2019 won’t be heard until May 2023)
Stand News, March 26, 2021

【理大圍城】10人被控非法集結 准保釋待轉介至區院(10 charged with illegal assembly over PolyU protests in 2019 granted bail by court)
inmediahk.net, March 26, 2021

【清算港台】處長等高層再有新指示 《鏗鏘集》《鏗鏘說》下集由綜合節目、文教及康體組負責 (New head of Radio Television Hong Kong replaces host of “Hong Kong Connection” believed to sympathize with protestors)
Stand News, March 26, 2021

Canada calling? Hong Kong residents shift billions abroad after clampdown
Reuters, March 26, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Can the US and China Agree to Disagree?
The Diplomat, March 26, 2021

Abandoning Criticism of China’s Government Isn’t the Right Way to End Anti-Asian Racism in the U.S.
ChinaFile, March 25, 2021

We Need to Put a Name to This Violence
我们该如何谈论这些针对亚裔的袭击

The New York Times, March 26, 2021

广州番禺一村委会遭自杀性爆炸 分析:社会矛盾激化的产物(Analysis of suicide bombing attack on a village committee in Panyu, Guangzhou: A product of intensified social conflict)
Voice of America, March 26, 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Why Are China’s Consumers Threatening to Boycott H&M and Other Brands?
The New York Times, March 25, 2021

H&M Faces Boycott in China Over Stance on Treatment of Uyghurs
H&M因拒用新疆棉花在华遭抵制

The New York Times, March 25, 2021

耐克新疆声明在中国社媒引发风暴(Nike's statement on Xinjiang triggers social media storm in China)
Voice of America, March 25, 2021

Related:
Nike faces social media storm in China over Xinjiang statement
Reuters, March 24, 2021

Inner Mongolia (内蒙古)

Mongolians in China Face 'Cultural Genocide' as Language, Culture Swept Aside: Group
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

“学术自由指数”中国排名垫底 香港低过俄罗斯("Academic Freedom Index": China ranks bottom, Hong Kong lower than Russia)
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s ‘blatant coercion’ of Australia is a lesson for the world, says Antony Blinken
The Sydney Morning Herald, March 25, 2021

US-EU announce dialogue on China; Nato pledges to work with Japan, other Asia-Pacific nations to counter Beijing
South China Morning Post, March 25, 2021

《自然》曝光造假论文“产业化” 大部分来自中国("Nature" exposes "industrialization" of fake papers, sourced mainly from China)
Radio Free Asia, March 24, 2021

Related:
The fight against fake-paper factories that churn out sham science
Science, March 23, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Australian ministers targeted in Telegram phishing scam aimed at revealing details of Hong Kong activists
South China Morning Post, March 25, 2021

China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware
Reuters, March 24, 2021

Related:
脸书:中国骇客利用假冒手法侵入维吾尔人电脑手机(Facebook: Chinese hackers used counterfeit ploy to hack into Uyghur computers, phones)
Voice of America, March 25, 2021

China mulls new state-backed firm to oversee tech data: Report
Al Jazeera, March 25, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

鍾翰林涉分裂國家洗黑錢等4罪保釋被拒 還押至6月再訊(Court denies bail to former Studentlocalism convenor Tony Chung charged with alleged secession and money laundering)
Ming Pao, March 25, 2021

被控 4 項煽動行為罪 「傑斯」高院申保釋被拒(Bail denied by High Court to Internet radio host Giggs’ Wan Yiu-sing with 4 charges of sedition)
Stand News, March 25, 2021

Police say most of eight fugitives sent back to Hong Kong from mainland China refusing counsel, lawyer claims
South China Morning Post, March 25, 2021

Hong Kong legislature tightens curbs on unruly members even though there are none left
Hong Kong Free Press, March 25, 2021

本台查詢李宇軒下落 懲教署稱不會就個別個案作出評論(Andy Li has not been seen since return to Hong Kong; Correctional Services Department declines to comment on individual cases)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 25, 2021

修訂議事規則決議案通過 行為極不檢點議員將暫停職務(Legislative Council passes rules amendment proposal; lawmakers can be suspended for misconduct)
Stand News, March 25, 2021

Related:
Resolution (Under Article 75 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China)
決議 (根據《中華人民共和國香港特別行政區基本法》第七十五條)
HKSAR Legislative Council, March 25, 2021

建制派選舉呈請勝訴 高院裁定李軒朗非妥為當選 第二名民主派區議員被 DQ(A second pro-democracy district councillors disqualified after pro-establishment party won High Court election petition)
Stand News, March 25, 2021

Hong Kong court grants justice department request to allow ‘joint enterprise’ prosecutions in riot, unlawful assembly cases
South China Morning Post, March 25, 2021

Related:
【赴湯杜火案】上訴庭:「合謀犯罪」原則適用於暴動罪 不在場者同可被控(Court of Appeal: “Joint enterprise” legal principle is applicable to rioting; those not physically present can face same charges)
Stand News, March 25, 2021

Exclusive: Hong Kong tells foreign governments to stop accepting special British passport
Reuters, March 25, 2021

Commentary (评论)

China’s EU Sanctions Are the Latest Proof: Beijing Doesn’t Understand Democracies
The Diplomat, March 25, 2021

Why Authoritarians Love the Olympics
Foreign Affairs, March 25, 2021

Beijing’s Schadenfreude Over the Capitol Riots Conceals Deep Anxiety
Foreign Policy, March 24, 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

“北京在缓慢摧毁维吾尔民族” 新疆出生率暴跌的背后 (“Beijing is slowly destroying Uyghurs”—What's behind Xinjiang's declining birth rate?)
Voice of America, March 24, 2020

H&M's Xinjiang cotton ban sparks China backlash
Radio France Internationale, March 24, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

‘We’re in it together’, Antony Blinken tells Nato after flurry of China sanctions
South China Morning Post, March 23, 2021

专访:欧盟对华"能合作就合作,须对抗则对抗" (MEP Michael Gahler on EU's approach to China: "Cooperate when possible, compete when needed and confront when necessary.")
Deutsche Welle, March 23, 2021

China slams U.S. over racism, inequality, pandemic response
Associated Press, March 24, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong police charge activist Andy Li under security law after release from Chinese prison
Hong Kong Free Press, March 24, 2021

Exclusive | Political neutrality does not mean supporting neither side, Hong Kong minister says
South China Morning Post, March 24, 2021

Hong Kong protests: part of legal bid against first police use of tear gas on demonstrators ‘reasonably arguable’, court says
South China Morning Post, March 24, 2021

Hong Kong teachers, school administrators responsible for ensuring materials ‘correct, impartial’; education minister pledges oversight
South China Morning Post, March 24, 2021

教育局接269社會動亂相關專業失德投訴 取消兩教師註冊 52教師收譴責信或書面警告(Education Bureau received 269 social movement-related complaints, cancelled 2 teachers' registration and issued reprimand or warning letters to 52)
Ming Pao, March 24, 2021

Related:
LCQ4: Ordering teachers alleged to have breached law to be suspended from duties
立法會四題:着令涉嫌違法教師停職
HKSAR Legislative Council, March 24, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

China threat to invade Taiwan is 'closer than most think', says US admiral
The Guardian, March 23, 2021

Commentary (评论)

How to engage with China over its treatment of Uyghurs
The Conversation, March 23, 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

U.S. sanctions two more Chinese officials over alleged Xinjiang abuses
Reuters, March 22, 2021

Related:
U.S. Joins Allies to Punish Chinese Officials for Human Rights Abuses
美国欧盟等因新疆问题制裁中国,中国反制

The New York Times, March 23, 2021

China sanctions 10 Europeans including parliamentarians after EU approves measures over Uighur crackdown
Agence France-Presse, March 23, 2021

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

A Tale of Two Deltas: Worker resistance in Guangdong and Jiangsu
China Labour Bulletin, March 23, 2021

China prepares for Communist Party celebrations with crackdown on ‘illegal’ NGOs
South China Morning Post, March 23, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Russia and China hit back at Western sanctions
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 23, 2021

China’s vaccine diplomacy stumbles as clinical trial data remain absent
Washington Post, March 23, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s political future to be mapped out in Beijing next week
Hong Kong Free Press, March 23, 2021

Hong Kong court denies bail to ex-lawmaker charged under national security law
Hong Kong Free Press, March 23, 2021

Related:
民主派初選案 尹兆堅向高院申請保釋被拒 (High Court denies bail appeal by Andrew Wan, one of the 47 pro-democracy defendants)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 23, 2021

Ex-lawmaker jailed for nine weeks after Hong Kong court deems community service not severe enough punishment for assaulting police
South China Morning Post, March 23, 2021

Hong Kong will distribute mainland books to schools to promote patriotism
Hong Kong Free Press, March 23, 2021

12港人關注組:李宇軒至今仍未能聯絡家屬 (Save 12 HK Youths Concern Group: Andy Li Yu-hin has not been able to contact family since return to Hong Kong)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 23, 2021

Ex-lawmaker jailed for nine weeks after Hong Kong court deems community service not severe enough punishment for assaulting police
South China Morning Post, March 23, 2021

Hong Kong protests: prosecutors sought 17 sentencing reviews in 2020, marking fourfold increase, justice minister reveals
South China Morning Post, March 23, 2021

Related:
律政司去年提17宗覆核刑罰申請 16宗涉反修例(Department of Justice sought 17 sentencing reviews in 2020—16 are Anti-ELAB protests-related)
Ming Pao, March 23, 2021

Brief summary of some sentencing principles laid down by the Court of Appeal
簡要概述上訴法庭制定的一些判刑原則
HKSAR Department of Justice, March 23, 2021

Chief of Hong Kong’s troubled West Kowloon arts hub vows to handle inaugural exhibitions at flagship museum in accordance with national security law
South China Morning Post, March 23, 2021

香港民研:民主法治等五項指標全部下跌 均創今年新低 (Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute: All 5 core social indicators including democracy and rule of law drop to new record low)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 23, 2021

Related:
POP releases five core social indicators
民研計劃發放五項核心社會指標
Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, March 23, 2021