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, September 17, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

陈紫娟(常玮平妻子):常玮平律师所遭受酷刑情况的汇总通报 (Chen Zijuan, wife of lawyer Chang Weiping, on torture suffered by her husband)
Weiquanwang, September 17, 2021

Related:
The Chinese government should have investigated a lawyer’s torture allegations, not tortured him again
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, September 16, 2021

余文生妻再遭限制出门 忧丈夫健康问题未改善 (Wife of Yu Wensheng is barred from leaving home, fears husband's worsening condition)
Deutsche Welle, September 19, 2021

记者无疆界等NGO致信习近平 呼吁释放张展 (Reporters Without Borders with 44 other NGOs urge the release of Zhang Zhan in letter to Xi Jinping)
Deutsche Welle, September 17, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China accuses US of ‘low political tricks’ over Uygur exhibit
Reuters, September 17, 2021

人权团体呼吁联合国大会采取行动 解决新疆人权危机 (Human rights groups urge UN General Assembly to take action to address Xinjiang's human rights crisis)
Voice of America, September 18, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China getting worse on suppression, tech issues a threat: Pelosi
Reuters, September 17, 2021

China is becoming more assertive in international legal disputes
The Economist, September 18, 2021

China applies to join Pacific trade pact to boost economic clout
Reuters, September 17, 2021

Inquiry finds World Bank officials, including now-I.M.F. chief, pushed staff to inflate China data.
调查称世界银行官员人为调高中国营商环境排名

The New York Times, September 17, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s Big Tech platforms face more responsibility in ‘cyberspace civilisation’ push that seeks more online control
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021

Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations
The Diplomat, September 16, 2021

China’s tech regulator orders smart vehicle makers and telecom operators to enhance data and network security
South China Morning Post, September 16, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s High Court adjourns Jimmy Lai application to restore his Next Digital voting rights, ruling he should first take up the matter with the government
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong ex-lawmaker Ray Chan released on HK$100k bail ahead of security law trial
Hong Kong Free Press, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong protests: activist Figo Chan, already jailed over role in 3 unauthorised assemblies, will plead guilty to a fourth
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong elections: why did Beijing order the city’s tycoons and ultra loyalists to take to the streets?
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021

'Oath-taking first priority for council'
The Standard, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre group vanishes from internet after police demand; 11 years of Victoria Park vigil vids deleted
Hong Kong Free Press, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions in process of disbanding, vice-chair confirms
Hong Kong Free Press, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong Hospital Authority union denies gov’t allegation it broke law
Hong Kong Free Press, September 17, 2021

【7.1 闖立會案】劉頴匡擬認暴動罪 鄒家成等擬不認罪 2023 年 5 月答辯開審(Ventus Lau plans to plead guilty, Owen Chow not guilty to rioting over storming of Legislative Council Complex in 2019; both are among the 47 pro-democracy figures charged under National Security Law)
Stand News, September 16, 2021

Uni jumps on security bandwagon
The Standard, September 17, 2021

Blinken deletes tweet saying US would ‘stand with people of Hong Kong’, posts watered-down version
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

MEPs set out their vision for a new EU strategy for China
European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, September 16, 2021

Related:
Report on a New EU-China Strategy
European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, September 16, 2021

EU to ban ‘forced labour’ products, taking aim at China’s treatment of Uygurs
South China Morning Post, September 15, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Wikipedia blames pro-China infiltration for bans
BBC News, September 16, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

How China Exports Authoritarianism
Foreign Affairs, September 16, 2021

China’s cyberspace watchdog presses internet platforms to vet their online content as crackdown deepens
South China Morning Post, September 16, 2021

Related:
中国加强网络内容监管 对平台提出十大任务(China strengthens online content supervision, assigns ten tasks to web platforms)
Radio Free Asia, September 16, 2021

关于进一步压实网站平台信息内容管理主体责任的意见(Opinions on further consolidating the main responsibility of information content management on website platforms)
Cyberspace Administration of China, September 15, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Biden Announces Defense Deal With Australia in a Bid to Counter China
美英将帮助澳大利亚部署核动力潜艇,抗衡中国

The New York Times, September 16, 2021

欧盟公布印太战略 遏制北京的权力野心(EU announces Indo-Pacific strategy to curb Beijing's power ambitions)
Deutsche Welle, September 16, 2021

EU proposes new infrastructure programme to rival China
欧盟提出“全球门户”基础设施计划抗衡“一带一路”

Financial Times, September 16, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Security law: Hong Kong police order Tiananmen Massacre vigil group to delete online content
Hong Kong Free Press, September 16, 2021

Role of Hong Kong’s district councils needs reviewing, home affairs chief says following removal of members for invalid oaths
South China Morning Post, September 16, 2021

羅健熙:政府有責任公布區議員宣誓無效理據(Democratic Party head Lo Kin-hei says gov’t is obliged to provide reasons for invalidating district councillors’ oaths)
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 16, 2021

Hong Kong elections: is Macau a harbinger of city’s political future? Only 2 opposition faces in local polls for 1,500-strong Election Committee
South China Morning Post, September 16, 2021

Hong Kong national security law: former opposition lawmaker Raymond Chan bailed ahead of subversion trial
South China Morning Post, September 16, 2021

教育大學:本學年起國家安全教育已列入必修通識課程(Education University makes national security education compulsory starting this school year)
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 16, 2021

Commentary (评论)

FIDH-HRIC Joint Statement on Hong Kong at the UN Human Rights Council 48th Session
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) & Human Rights in China (HRIC), September 15, 2021

Hong Kong: Drop Charges Against Vigil Organizers
Human Rights Watch, September 16, 2021

UN Rights Chief to Report on China’s Abuses in Xinjiang
Human Rights Watch, September 15, 2021

恒大危机背后可能被忽略的四大问题(4 major issues that may be overlooked behind the Evergrande crisis)
British Broadcasting Corporation, September 15, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Macao (澳门)

In Pictures: ‘I want real universal suffrage’ – Macau voters protest on ballots amid record-low turnout
Hong Kong Free Press, September 15, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

流亡德国异议人士毛欣馨恐遭遣返中国 (Chinese dissident Mao Xinxin facing deportation from Germany)
Radio Free Asia, September 15 ,2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Prominent Chinese #MeToo Figure Vows to Appeal After Losing Case
弦子诉朱军性骚扰案宣判,法院裁定案件“证据不足”

The New York Times, September 15, 2021

Related:
Beijing court dismisses landmark #MeToo case as authorities censor discussion
The Washington Post, September 15, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

习近平的毛化倾向令人担忧 (Xi Jinping's drift toward Mao sparks concerns)
Radio France Internationale, September 15, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Beijing pushes stricter online content controls, including review by national ‘rumour debunking’ mechanism
South China Morning Post, September 14, 2021

中国继续加强对科技巨头企业的钳制 (China continues intensifying clampdown on big tech firms)
Radio France Internationale, September 15, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Top Hong Kong democrats sentenced over banned 2020 Tiananmen Massacre vigil
Hong Kong Free Press, September 15, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong: Tiananmen vigil convictions highlight accelerating collapse of freedoms
Amnesty International, September 15, 2021

鄒幸彤再申請保釋被拒 官拒絕解除傳媒報道限制(Court denies bail again to HK Alliance vice-chair Chow Hang-tung, refuses to lift restrictions on media reporting)
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 15, 2021

Hong Kong elections: police ‘to deploy 4,000 officers’ to ensure smooth polls on Sunday, even with only 4,900 voters expected to cast ballot
South China Morning Post, September 14, 2021

Related:
Civil service 'will do bit to ensure smooth elections'
The Standard, September 15, 2021

Hong Kong elections: why the next chief executive may no longer be known by 3 digits, such as ‘689’ for CY Leung, or Carrie Lam’s ‘777’
South China Morning Post, September 15, 2021

7 Hong Kong opposition district councillors disqualified after deadline passes for submission of information to determine oath validity
South China Morning Post, September 15, 2021

黎智英申行使壹傳媒股份投票權擬清盤 保安局長反對 稱《蘋果日報》「史上最具顛覆性刊物」(Jimmy Lai sues to exercise voting right to liquidate company; Secretary for Security opposes, calling Apple Daily "the most seditious publication in history")
Ming Pao, September 15, 2021

National security law: Hong Kong security chief orders operations freeze at Apple Daily Printing
South China Morning Post, September 15, 2021

Related:
鄧炳強:引國安法實施細則 向蘋果日報印刷公司發凍結令(Secretary for Security issues order to freeze assets of Apple Daily's publishing company under National Security Law implementation rules)
Ming Pao, September 15, 2021

‘Factually wrong’: Hong Kong press group hits back at criticism from security chief
Hong Kong Free Press, September 15, 2021

Related:
鄧炳強促記協公開會員所屬機構 記協:未經當事人同事不披露個人資料(Journalists Association rejects Security Chief Chris Tang's request to disclose member information without consent)
Stand News, September 15, 2021

Medical group aligned with opposition in Hong Kong comes under official scrutiny for range of criticisms
South China Morning Post, September 15, 2021

Commentary, 评论

“Rule of law” with Chinese characteristics: Evolution and manipulation
International Journal of Constitutional Law, September 7, 2021

The Downfall of Hong Kong’s Privacy Law
The Diplomat, September 15, 2021

Is the CCP About to Rehabilitate the Cultural Revolution?
The Diplomat, September 15, 2021

China’s Culture Wars Are Just Getting Started
World Politics Review, September 15, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

常玮平的辩护律师阅卷受阻 (Authorities block Chang Weiping's lawyer from accessing case files)
Weiquanwang, September 14, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

习近平有意强化控制 中国面临新文革? (Xi Jinping is intent on intensifying control; is China facing a new Cultural Revolution?)
Deutsche Welle, September 14, 2021

中共以“共同富裕”之名推“第四次土改”之实? (Is CPC pushing the “4th land reform” in the name of “common prosperity”?)
Voice of America, September 14, 2021

加拿大鹅遭殃 中国刮起新一轮民族主义消费潮? (Does slapping Canada Goose with fines signal a new wave of nationalistic consumption?)
Voice of America, September 14, 2021

Uyghur Tribunal Wraps up in London With Eye on December Ruling on Genocide Allegations
Radio Free Asia, September 13, 2021

Related:
伦敦维吾尔法庭有何意义? (What is the significance of London’s Uyghur Tribunal?)
Radio France Internationale, September 13, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China aims for 'civilised' internet with focus on 'socialist values'
Reuters, September 14, 2021

Related:
中共中央办公厅 国务院办公厅印发《关于加强网络文明建设的意见》 (General Offices of the CPC and State Council: “Opinions on strengthening the construction of online civilization”)
Xinhua, September 14, 2021

Commentary (评论)

The Xi personality cult is a danger to China
Financial Times, September 13, 2021

“虽然中国不太可能再搞文革,但走向数字独裁却实实在在” (“Although China is unlikely to make another Cultural Revolution, its move toward digital dictatorship is real”)
Radio France Internaitonale, September 14, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong will create more national security offences, says security chief
Agence France-Presse, September 14, 2021

Can ‘everyone be a journalist?’ Hong Kong security chief hits out at news groups, accusing them of ‘infiltrating’ schools, influencing youth
South China Morning Post, September 14, 2021

Foundation linked to Apple Daily removed from charities list as Hong Kong announces ‘national security’ exclusion
Hong Kong Free Press, September 14, 2021

法庭頒令《蘋果》資方支付欠薪 員工:告公司非原意 望政府解凍資產(Court orders Apple Daily to repay back wages; employee says lawsuit is aimed at getting authorities to unfreeze company assets)
Stand News, September 14, 2021

Hong Kong rights group behind prison letter-writing campaign disbands after minister’s national security law warning
South China Morning Post, September 14, 2021

Hong Kong District Councilor Expelled After Failing to Take Loyalty Oath
Radio Free Asia, September 13, 2021

Scant Room For Classroom Debate After Death of Hong Kong's Liberal Studies: Teachers
Radio Free Asia, September 13, 2021

Carrie Lam denies Hong Kong government restructuring plans tied to possible re-election bid
South China Morning Post, September 14, 2021

Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown
Hong Kong Free Press, September 14, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Beijing Blasts 'Uyghur Tribunal' Investigating Human Rights in Xinjiang
Voice of America, September 10, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Fang Ran: the haunting case of the Hong Kong labour rights researcher held in China
South China Morning Post, September 11, 2021

Veteran Chinese Democracy Activist Stands Trial For 'Subversion' Over Articles
Radio Free Asia, September 10, 2021

中国女权活动人士李翘楚两次申请取保 均被当局驳回(Feminist activist Li Qiaochu’s two applications for bail have been denied by the authorities)
Radio Free Asia, September 11, 2021

Tibet (西藏)

在微信群讨论西藏议题 青海果洛两名藏人遭当局拘留(Two Tibetans in Goluo, Qinghai, are detained for discussing Tibet issues in WeChat group)
Radio Free Asia, September 13, 2021

Macao (澳门)

Macau: Legislative election turnout at historic low after opposition barred from running, gov’t blames weather and Covid
Hong Kong Free Press, September 13, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Chinese tech giants are forming unions. It’s not what you think.
Protocol, September 10, 2021

社交媒体:美国公司报告称亲中网军扩大至多种语言和试图煽动美国示威(U.S. companies report that pro-China cyber forces expand to multiple languages and social media platforms in attempts to physically mobilize protesters in U.S.)
British Broadcasting Corporation, September 13 2021

Related:
Pro-PRC Influence Campaign Expands to Dozens of Social Media Platforms, Websites, and Forums in at Least Seven Languages, Attempted to Physically Mobilize Protesters in the U.S.
FireEye, September 8, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

China’s YouTube army of foreign fans takes on Western ‘lies’ about human rights abuses
Agence France-Presse, September 12, 2021

Alt-right finds new partners in hate on China’s internet
The Guardian, September 11, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

The Xi personality cult is a danger to China
Financial Times, September 13, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Groups that endanger national security to lose charities status, tax exemptions, Hong Kong’s financial services chief warns
South China Morning Post, September 13, 2021

Hong Kong gov’t seeks to strike Tiananmen Massacre vigil group off Companies Registry amid national security charges
Hong Kong Free Press, September 11, 2021

Related:
Mainland Chinese Dissidents Hit Out at Police Raid on Hong Kong Alliance
Radio Free Asia, September 9, 2021

Members of Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ union vote to disband after 47-year run
South China Morning Post, September 11, 2021

Related:
教協解散 教聯會另組新工會 稱不會包庇違法人士爭取「所謂權益」(Newly-formed pro-establishment teachers' union says it will not harbor lawbreakers striving for "so-called rights")
Stand News, September 12, 2021

Security law: Hong Kong pro-democracy heavyweight Albert Ho resigns from civil society groups amid probe
Hong Kong Free Press, September 13, 2021

Exclusive | ‘Unprecedented influence’: Hong Kong prisons chief accuses inmates held for national security, protest offences of stirring rebellion behind bars
South China Morning Post, September 11, 2021

Hong Kong activist Figo Chan faces fresh unauthorised assembly charges over Sept 2019 demo
Hong Kong Free Press, September 13, 2021

Hong Kong academics, community leaders start ‘apolitical’ NGO to support young people arrested over anti-government protests
South China Morning Post, September 11, 2021

American lawyer imprisoned in Hong Kong speaks out about his treatment
The Washington Post, September 12, 2021

Hong Kong district councillors have until 5pm Monday to hand over information to authorities scrutinising their oaths of office
South China Morning Post, September 11, 2021

Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge after security law was enacted
Hong Kong Free Press, September 11, 2021

開騷前遭取消租場 何韻詩堅持辦網上演唱會 「我唯一可以做嘅事,就係繼續唱下去」(Denise Ho holds online concert after venue cancels: “The only thing I can do is to continue singing”)
Stand News, September 12, 2021

曾質疑國安法打壓自由 《十年》策劃人兼〈本地蛋〉導演伍嘉良:已身處英國(Ng Ka-leung, director of "10 years" who once doubted national security law would suppress freedom, leaves Hong Kong for UK )
Stand News, September 11, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong’s fair trial rules are routinely ignored – and no offender is safe
Hong Kong Free Press, September 11, 2021

Friday, September 10, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

因联络海外亲人 维吾尔男子获刑十五年(Uyghur sentenced to 15 years in prison for contacting overseas relatives)
Radio Free Asia, September 9, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

台湾最新民调显示:近9成民众反对“一国两制”(New polls in Taiwan show nearly 90% of population oppose ‘one country, two systems’)
Voice of America, September 10, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China has become a laboratory for the regulation of digital technology
The Economist, September 11, 2021

The Real Cause of China’s Alibaba Crackdown
The Diplomat, September 11, 2021

腾讯实行“一微两制” 境内外讯息交流随时中断(Tencent’s chat app implements ‘two version system,’ leads to interruption in communication between China and abroad)
Radio Free Asia, September 10, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre vigil group leader denied bail over ‘inciting subversion’ national security charge
Hong Kong Free Press, September 10, 2021

Related:
Mainland Chinese Dissidents Hit Out at Police Raid on Hong Kong Alliance
Radio Free Asia, September 9, 2021

Government moves to strike HK Alliance from register
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 10, 2021

'June 4 truth for nation'
The Standard, September 10, 2021

Persecution of the Hong Kong Alliance makes a mockery of NSL promises
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, September 9, 2021

Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre vigil leaders plead not guilty to refusing national security data probe, bail denied
Hong Kong Free Press, September 10, 2021

District councillors prepare for oath-taking ceremony in a first for Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, September 10, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong district councillor Peter Choi loses seat after failing to turn up at oath-taking ceremony
South China Morning Post, September 10, 2021

當局對楊雪盈梁柏堅等7名區議員宣誓有效存疑促交資料(Authorities send letters to 7 district councilors for additional information, questioning validity of their oaths)
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 10, 2021

Hong Kong protests: teacher convicted of assaulting police officer jailed for 9 weeks after losing appeal
South China Morning Post, September 10, 2021

藝術中心取消租場拒賠償 反指演唱會主辦方毀約 何韻詩:面對打壓盡力抵抗(Hong Kong Art Centre refuses to compensate after terminating lease agreement for Denise Ho's concert, accuses organizer of breach of contract)
Stand News, September 10, 2021

斥神職人員探監時「煽動」 《大公》引消息指當局研檢討機制 牧師:主要講聖經(Pro-Beijing newspaper slams clergies over ‘incitement’ during visits to prisoners)
Stand News, September 10, 2021

Commentary (评论)

When Dictators Find God
习近平和威权主义新“宗教”

The New York Times, September 10, 2021

Incendiary Essay Ignites Guessing Over Xi’s Plans for China
习近平将把中国带向何方?李光满檄文走红引猜测

The New York Times, September 10, 2021

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

U.S.-CHINA CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS FOUNDER OVER XINJIANG SANCTIONS
China Digital Times, September 9, 2021

Two Scientific Journals Retract Articles Involving Chinese DNA Research
The New York Times, September 9, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

不给起诉原件 中国认定丁家喜涉颠覆国家政权(Rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi is indicted for being suspected of subverting state power, his lawyer is not allowed to give Ding’s family the original indictment)
Radio Free Asia, September 8, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

研究: 亲中大外宣扩展规模 称美国为新冠起源地(Pro-China propaganda campaign expands its outreach, says U.S. is the origin of COVID-19)
Deutsche Welle, September 9, 2021

Related:
Pro-China social media campaign hits new countries, blames U.S. for COVID
Reuters, September 9, 2021

中国网游企业遭约谈 沉迷举报平台将上线(Heads of Chinese online game companies summoned by authorities, platform for reporting game addiction to be launched)
Deutsche Welle, September 9, 2021

文化整肃愈演愈烈 中国冻结新网络游戏审批(Cleanup of the cultural sector in China is intensifying, approval of new online games suspended)
Voice of America, September 9, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Xi Jinping's crackdown on everything is remaking Chinese society
The Washington Post, September 9, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China and Big Tech: Xi’s blueprint for a digital dictatorship
Financial Times, September 9, 2021

Chinese tech tycoons’ retreat spurs speculation about true motives amid controversies and Big Tech crackdown
South China Morning Post, September 9, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong activists convicted of unauthorised assembly over annual Tiananmen Square vigil after guilty pleas
South China Morning Post, September 9, 2021

Related:
In full: ‘Speaking truth to power’: Tiananmen Massacre Alliance vice-chair Albert Ho’s mitigation plea
Hong Kong Free Press, September 9, 2021

Hong Kong national security police raid Tiananmen Massacre museum, a day after vigil group leaders arrested
Hong Kong Free Press, September 9, 2021

Related:
鄒幸彤親友引述律師:鄒幸彤遭警指控「煽動顛覆國家政權」(Chow Hang Tung is charged with inciting subversion, according to Chow's lawyer)
Ming Pao, September 9, 2021

【拒交資料】消息指支聯會常委徐漢光被捕 同被指違國安法實施細則(Sources say Hong Kong Alliance committee member Tsui Hon Kwong has been arrested for violating implementation rules of national security law)
Stand News, September 9, 2021

支聯會4人被捕 英外相指心寒 駐港公署批粗暴干涉香港事務(China's Foreign Ministry in HK criticizes UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab for interfering in HK affairs over a Twitter post saying arrests of Hong Kong Alliance members are chilling)
Ming Pao, September 9, 2021

Hong Kong lawmakers urge gov’t to regulate crowdfunding after national security probe into protest legal fund
Hong Kong Free Press, September 9, 2021

Related:
612基金將退回本月3日至本周二期間31萬多元捐款(612 Humanitarian Relief Fund to return more than HK$310,000 received in donations)
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 9, 2021

Hong Kong activist Gwyneth Ho says only open bail hearing can safeguard her ‘best interest’
Hong Kong Free Press, September 9, 2021

岑敖暉被加被控藐視法庭 與周梓樂逝世半年貼文有關(Former district councillor Lester Shum, one of the 47 pro-democracy figures arrested for subversion, is charged with contempt of court over a social media post about the death of HKUST student during 2019 protest)
Stand News, September 9, 2021

Hong Kong leaders apply national security law retroactively, US congressional panel hears
South China Morning Post, September 9, 2021

INSIDE THE PRO-BEIJING MEDIA ECOSYSTEM
The Atlantic, September 9, 2021

Commentary (评论)

“恶法非法”还是“恶法亦法”?一个伪问题(Is ‘evil law illegal’ or is ‘evil law also law’? That is a pseudo-problem)
Financial Times, September 8, 2021

‘Reversing Gears’: China Increasingly Rejects English, and the World
“开倒车”?中国弱化英语教育意味着什么

The New York Times, September 9, 2021

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

著名政治犯郭泉案将于9月9日在南京市江宁区看守所开庭审理 (The trial of well-known political prisoner Guo Quan is set for September 9 in Nanjing Jiangning District Detention Center)
Weiquanwang, September 8, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

China Chases 'Rejuvenation' With Control of Tycoons, Society
Associated Press, September 8, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

UK orders national security review of graphene firm’s takeover by Chinese scientist
The Guardian, September 7, 2021

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

China seeks Italy’s support for Beijing Olympics in Xi-Draghi phone call
South China Morning Post, September 8, 2021

多个人权团体呼吁NBC等大电视公司拒绝转播北京冬奥会 (Human rights groups urge NBC and other broadcasters to cancel plans to cover Beijing Olympics)
Voice of America, September 8, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

4 members of Hong Kong group behind Tiananmen Massacre vigil arrested, a day after vowing to defy police probe
Hong Kong Free Press, September 8, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong labels the host of Tiananmen vigil and other civic groups as ‘foreign agents’ to justify clampdown
GlobalVoices, September 8, 2021

Hong Kong lawmakers take financial services chief to task over fund that supported anti-government protesters
South China Morning Post, September 8, 2021

Jailed Hong Kong opposition activist ditches bail plan after judge refuses to lift reporting restrictions
South China Morning Post, September 8, 2021

「社區前進」宣佈解散 前召集人林兆彬據報日前被廉署拘捕(Community March announces disbandment; sources say former convenor arrested by Independent Commission Against Corruption)
Stand News, September 8, 2021

探訪寫信續抗爭 朱古力釀特權 鄧炳強:危害國家安全(Secretary for Security Chris Tang claims chocolate privilege for prisoners is threatening national security)
inmedia.hk, September 7, 2021

Related:
China’s national security threatened by Hong Kong prisoners’ chocolates, hair clips, says security chief
Hong Kong Free Press, September 8, 2021

Ahead of Hong Kong Elections, Companies Must Act to Protect Digital Rights
The Diplomat, September 7, 2021

New head of Hong Kong’s Law Society vows to ‘listen to different views’, plays down work for pro-establishment think tank
South China Morning Post, September 8, 2021

截至7月底警方拘10265人涉「黑暴」相關違法事件(As of end of July, 10265 people have been arrested in relation to the social unrest in 2019)
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 8, 2021

Commentary (评论)

從四個角度看習近平的大動作 (Looking at Xi Jinping's big agenda from four perspectives)
Voicettank, September 3, 2021

中共完全搞錯學生學習壓力大的原因,「戒嚴補課」是滿盤皆輸的政策 (The CPC is wrong about the source of students' stress; the ‘ban on tutoring’ is a lose-lose policy)
The News Lens, September 8, 2021

余杰:为什么必须反思六四的失败? (Yu Jie: Why reflecting on June Fourth's failure is a must?)
Radio Free Asia, September 8, 2021

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Activists accuse C&A, Lidl, Aldi, Hugo Boss over Uyghur forced labour
Agence France-Presse, September 6, 2021

Xinjiang: another official transfers to sensitive region ahead of Communist Party congress
South China Morning Post, September 3, 2021

Inner Mongolia (内蒙古)

蒙古族正成为北京民族同化政策的下一个目标? (Are ethnic Mongolians becoming the next target of Beijing's Sinicization policy?)
Radio France Internationale, September 4, 2021

Tibet (西藏)

传四川百名藏人被捕 疑与保存达赖喇嘛图像有关 (400 Tibetans arrested for allegedly keeping image of the Dalai Lama)
Deutsche Welle, September 3, 2021

Tibet government in exile expresses willingness to talk to China
Taiwan News, September 7, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

China's crackdown on business, media and entertainment sectors is packaged as a ‘profound revolution’
GlobalVoices, September 7, 2021

Chinese Social Media Site Suspends K-Pop Fan Accounts
微博大批禁言K-pop明星粉丝团帐号

The New York Times, September 7, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中国打击“996”能否解决年轻人的“躺平”焦虑 (Can China's “996” crackdown relieve young people's “lying flat” anxiety?)
BBC News, September 3, 2021

Alibaba Manager Accused of Rape Is Released, Adding to China’s #MeToo Debate
阿里性侵事件涉案男员工获释,争议仍存

The New York Times, September 7, 2021

Families mark 1,000 days since China's detention of Canadians Spavor, Kovrig
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, September 5, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China Cracks Down on Tech Sector as Curbs on User Data Take Effect
Radio Free Asia, September 6, 2021

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

Beijing 2022: China readies for Winter Olympics as pressure grows
BBC News, September 4, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre vigil organiser defies police demand for info, says requests are groundless
Hong Kong Free Press, September 7, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong security chief vows ‘swift and efficient’ action against organiser of June 4 vigil over legal row as stand-off escalates
South China Morning Post, September 7, 2021

Jimmy Lai’s Hong Kong media group files for liquidation
The Guardian, September 6, 2021

Related:
National security law: Hong Kong authorities hit back at Next Digital, accuse it of trying to shift blame for decisions
South China Morning Post, September 7, 2021

Hong Kong fund supporting arrested protesters stops accepting donations amid police pressure
Hong Kong Free Press, September 6, 2021

Hong Kong’s biggest teachers’ union to hold special meeting to vote on disbanding and liquidation
South China Morning Post, September 4, 2021

香港教牧網絡宣布解散 寄語港人堅守真理拒絕謊言(Hong Kong Pastors Network disbands and sends last words to Hong Kong people to insist on truth and reject lies)
Stand News, September 4, 2021

Hong Kong Democratic Party may breach security law if it tells members not to run in election, warns pro-Beijing figure
Hong Kong Free Press, September 6, 2021

Hong Kong’s remaining district councillors must take oaths of loyalty to gov’t from Fri
Hong Kong Free Press, September 7, 2021

Hong Kong: international companies reconsider future in wake of security law
The Guardian, September 7, 2021

英國更新香港旅遊建議﹕國安法適用於英國行為 疑犯可被大陸審訊(UK updates travel advice for HK saying NSL is applicable to acts in UK and suspects could be tried in China)
Stand News, September 6, 2021

Related:
Foreign travel advice: Hong Kong
UK government, September 6, 2021

【初選47人案】范國威高院申請保釋被拒 旁聽市民高呼「保重」(Former lawmaker Gary Fan, one of the 47 pro-democracy figures accused of subversion, is denied bail again)
inmedia.hk, September 7, 2021

【12.8 遊行】10 人被控《反恐條例》及串謀謀殺 控方首引《反恐》起訴可囚終身(10 charged under Anti-Terrorism Measures Ordinance for possessing firearms during the 2019 protests, face life imprisonment)
Stand News, September 6, 2021

港大生及地盤工非法集結罪成囚3個月 商人認刑毁拒捕囚10個月(HKU student and construction worker jailed for 3 months for participating in unauthorized assembly, a businessman sentenced to 10 months in jail for criminal damage and resisting arrest during 2019 protest)
Ming Pao, September 3, 2021

RTHK pulling plug on long-running Hong Kong current affairs show City Forum
South China Morning Post, September 5, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Patriotism should not lead to a single, Beijing-approved view of Hong Kong history
South China Morning Post, September 7, 2021

‘Foreign agent’ claims against Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Massacre vigil organisers defy understanding
Hong Kong Free Press, September 7, 2021

时隔70年“公私合营”山雨又来? (After 70 years, is “public-private partnership” on the return in China?)
Voice of America, September 4, 2021

Friday, September 03, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

First details emerge of China’s spy claims against Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor
South China Morning Post, September 3, 2021

Left-Wing Labor Rights Researcher Detained For 'Subversion' in China's Guangxi
Radio Free Asia, September 2, 2021

黑龙江70岁访民刘杰被被举报单位宾县检察院正式批捕(70-year-old petitioner Liu Jie from Heilongjiang is officially arrested with approval of the local procuratorate he reported on)
Weiquanwang, September 3, 2021

广州五名异议人士因讨论时政 涉颠覆国家政权移送检察院起诉(5 dissidents in Guangzhou face “subversion of state power” indictment for discussing current affairs\)
Radio Free Asia, September 3, 2021

Tibet (西藏)

How Much Does Beijing Control the Ethnic Makeup of Tibet?
ChinaFile, September 2, 2021

传四川百名藏人被捕 疑与保存达赖喇嘛图像有关(London-based Tibet Watch reports detention of more than 100 Tibetans in Sichuan, believed to be related to possession of Dalai Lama’s picture)
Deutsche Welle, September 3, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Xi Jinping Thought, for children
The Economist, September 4, 2021

Xi Jinping is aiming to redraw China’s social contract
Financial Times, September 2, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong protests: 5 students found guilty of rioting, violating mask ban at 2019 Chinese University demonstration
South China Morning Post, September 3, 2021

Hong Kong pro-Beijing lawmakers urge better moral education in schools
Hong Kong Free Press, September 3, 2021

Security law baptism for uni students
The Standard, September 3, 2021

Chinese emblem must fly higher than all others under new flag-raising guidelines for Hong Kong international schools
South China Morning Post, September 3, 2021

Hong Kong’s Civic Passion disbands citing ‘no way forward’ after chairman ousted from legislature
Hong Kong Free Press, September 3, 2021

聲援受罰囚友被指「滋事」 袁嘉蔚涉事 邵家臻:22人調「水飯房」單獨囚禁(Former district councilor Tiffany Yuen, accused of "making trouble" in support of other prisoners, is put in solitary)
Ming Pao, September 3, 2021

官立及津貼小學整體班級數目 較上個學年減至少50班(At least 50 classes are eliminated in public and subsidized primary schools amid emigration wave)
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 3, 2021

National security law: can supporters of legal defence fund for Hong Kong protesters be prosecuted for donations? It depends, legal experts say
South China Morning Post, September 2, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中国国企涉非法收购意大利军用无人机公司(Two Chinese state-owned companies are suspected of illegal acquisition of Italian military drone company)
Deutsche Welle, September 3, 2021

中国关闭美国西南商会 美国务院批任意监管(China shuts American Chamber of Commerce in southwest China; U.S. State Department slams move as arbitrary regulation)
Radio Free Asia, September 2, 2021

Related:
China shuts American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu, organisation says
Reuters, August 31, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong’s civil society under fire: the candidates, the election, then the democracy movement itself
Hong Kong Free Press, September 3, 2021

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uyghurs From Afghanistan Fear Deportation to China
Voice of America, September 1, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

美国军舰再入台湾海峡 中国施行《海上交通安全法》反制(China’s amended Maritime Traffic Safety Law takes effect in response to U.S. warship entering Taiwan Strait)
British Broadcasting Corporation, September 2, 2021

Related:
U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait after Chinese assault drills
Reuters, August 27, 2021

Maritime Traffic Safety Law of the People's Republic of China (2021 Revision)
Peking University Law Database, June 25, 2021

欧洲议会:通过首份对台湾报告 将提升双边关系(European Parliament adopts report on enhancing EU-Taiwan relations)
Deutsche Welle, September 2, 2021

Related:
European Lawmakers Seek to Upgrade Ties With Taiwan
Bloomberg, September 2, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Canadian jailed in China accused of taking military photos
The Guardian, September 2, 2021

Journalist-Turned-Rights Attorney Held Incommunicado in China's Liaoning
Radio Free Asia, September 1, 2021

“996” RULED ILLEGAL YET LABOR RESEARCHERS, ACTIVISTS STILL ARRESTED
China Digital Times, September 1, 2021

专访吴有水律师:“长沙公益三子”被偷走的辩护权(Interview with lawyer Wu Youshui: Right to defense has been stolen from Changsha Three public interest activists)
Voice of America, September 2, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Weibo bans 52 accounts, some with millions of followers, in campaign against financial misinformation on social media
South China Morning Post, September 2, 2021

Chinese netizens identify the Weibo supervisor system as a source of arbitrary censorship
GlobalVoices, September 2, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

EU foreign ministers set for first talks on China since sanctions blitz six months ago
South China Morning Post, September 2, 2021

Why are China’s diplomats sometimes so undiplomatic?
Quartz, September 2, 2021

滴滴等11企业被当局约谈(Authorities have interviewed 11 ride-hailing companies including Didi)
Radio France Internationale, September 2, 2021

谭德赛:我们请求中国给出这些数据(WHO’s Tedros: We are asking China to provide data related to COVID’s origins)
Deutsche Welle, September 2, 2021

中国娱乐圈遭持续整肃 被批实施“法西斯美学”(As China continues to purge entertainment industry, scholar criticizes it as implementing "fascist aesthetics")
Radio Free Asia, September 2, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

After Proudly Celebrating Women, Alibaba Faces Reckoning Over Harassment
大尺度破冰、性别歧视严重:阿里企业文化引质疑

The New York Times, September 2, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

8 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan appear in court
Hong Kong Free Press, September 2, 2021

Hong Kong student who snatched police officer’s shotgun found guilty of rioting, faces up to 7 years in jail
South China Morning Post, September 2, 2021

HKU lifts campus ban on 18 students, confirms others are barred over motion supporting attacker of policeman
Hong Kong Free Press, September 2, 2021

Hong Kong protests: student who admitted rioting during 2019 PolyU siege jailed for 2½ years
South China Morning Post, September 2, 2021

女助教天水圍非法集結拒捕囚5個月 官:針對警員案須考慮漣漪效應(Teaching assistant and student are sentenced to 5 months and 1 month in jail, respectively, over 2019 protests)
Ming Pao, September 2, 2021

Hong Kong Crackdown Continues With Canceled Concerts, Sentenced Activists
Associated Press, September 2, 2021

Over 90% of local schools sign up for gov’t’s on-site national security education workshops
Hong Kong Free Press, September 2, 2021

楊潤雄︰正研究安排資助學校教師宣誓(Secretary of Education Kevin Yeung says gov't is considering oath-taking arrangement for teachers of subsidized schools)
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 1, 2021

Commentary (评论)

How China’s Worldview Took Over Hong Kong
The Diplomat, September 1, 2021

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Xinjiang genocide conference aims to up pressure on China
Associated Press, September 1, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

新学年习思想全面进入校园 十四万"督导员"进驻中小学 (New school year starts with Xi's Thoughts curricula along with 140,000 “supervisors”)
Radio Free Asia, September 1, 2021

中国下令艺文界学习习近平论述 (China orders art and literature sectors to study Xi Jinping's talks)
Radio France Internationale, August 31, 2021

China shuts American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu, organisation says
Reuters, August 31, 2021

中共十九届六中全会将在11月召开 (The sixth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee will be held in November)
Radio Free Asia, August 31, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China rolls out new data law over ‘national security’ fears
Agence France-Presse, September 1, 2021

China’s 2021 internet sector in 5 snapshots, from tighter regulations to bumpy IPOs and shifting demographics
South China Morning Post, September 1, 2021

Chinese teens feel like they’re in the crosshairs of Beijing’s tech crackdown
Quartz, September 1, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong democracy activists jailed for illegal assembly in 2019 protests
Reuters, September 1, 2021

Hong Kong national security police eye foreign collusion case against fund that paid out HK$243 million to protesters
South China Morning Post, September 1, 2021

民主派47人案|王百羽涉串謀顛覆國家政權罪 申保釋遭拒(Former district councilor Henry Wong, one of 47 pro-democracy figures charged with subversion, is denied bail)
Ming Pao, September 1, 2021

港大研究中國勞工博士生方然 被廣西國安帶走 涉「顛覆國家政權」被關押(HKU PhD student studying China labor issues is detained by China's national security police on suspicion of “subversion of state power”)
Stand News, September 1, 2021

Hong Kong Arts Centre pulls plug on Denise Ho concert days after Canto-pop star and activist attacked by pro-Beijing paper
South China Morning Post, September 1, 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Feminist Activist Li Qiaochu Struggles With Mental Health in Detention
Radio Free Asia, August 30, 2021

多名武汉访民举报当局私设黑监狱 在北京遭暴力截访失联 (Multiple Wuhan activists are forcibly disappeared in Beijing while attempting to file complaints against local authorities for setting up black jails)
Radio Free Asia, August 30, 2021

强迫失踪受害者国际日:在中国"被失踪"有六种可能 (On Int'l Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: 6 ways you may be forcibly disappeared in China)
Radio Free Asia, August 30, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

习思想进课堂 是教育革命还是复辟倒退? (Xi Thoughts in the classroom—a great education revolution or a great step backward?)
Voice of America, August 31, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong police probe into Tiananmen Square vigil organisers not a ‘crackdown on civil society’, Carrie Lam says
South China Morning Post, August 31, 2021

Security law: Hong Kong court denies bail to speech therapists behind kid’s book about sheep and wolves
Hong Kong Free Press, August 30, 2021

Hong Kong Law Society will offer legal perspective only when it comes to social issues, new president says
South China Morning Post, August 31, 2021

Related:
張達明辭任律師會理事(HKU legal scholar Eric Cheung quits Law Society council citing personal reasons)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 30, 2021

Hong Kong district councillor who shot vid of riot police storming MTR 2 years ago receives threatening letter, blade
Hong Kong Free Press, August 31, 2021

【光城者案】再多一人被控「串謀恐怖活動」 17 歲女子 9.1 西九提堂(Another 17-year-old is charged with conspiracy to commit terrorist activities in “Returning Valiant” case)
Stand News, August 31, 2021

【12.25 葵芳】元氣壽司外非法集結罪成 三人判囚 4 月 另三青年判入勞教和更生中心(Three sentenced to four months in jail and three to correctional centre over unauthorized gathering in the 2019 protests)
Stand News, August 31, 2021

大埔區議員姚鈞豪非法集結罪成 判囚3個月(Tai Po District Councilor Herman Yiu receives 3 months jail sentence over unauthorized assembly on anniversary of death of HKUST student Chow Tsz-lok who fell from a car park during the 2019 protests)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 31, 2021

Hong Kong real name SIM card registration to roll out, but gov’t says it won’t regulate int’l roaming SIMs
Hong Kong Free Press, August 31, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中国官媒热捧反美反资本家文章 评论指为政策扫雷 (China’s official media double down on anti-U.S., anti-capitalism articles; commentator: They are paving way for new flood of policies)
Radio France Internationale, August 31, 2021

中国即将实施海上交通安全新规 剑指美法等国航舰自由航行? (China to impose new maritime law to curb freedom of navigation in its claimed territorial waters)
Radio France Internationale, August 30, 2021

Related:
China Strengthens Claims Over Disputed Waters With New Maritime Law Against Foreign Ships
Newsweek, August 31, 2021

China Tightens Limits for Young Online Gamers and Bans School Night Play
中国进一步限制未成年人打网游,非节假日禁玩

The New York Tiimes, August 31, 2021

中国官媒: 一场"深刻变革"正在发生 蔡霞:文革回来了 (Chinese official media: A “deep transformation” is in the making; Cai Xia: Cultural Revolution is back)
Radio Free Asia, August 30, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s ‘surveillance creep’: how big data COVID monitoring could be used to control people post-pandemic
The Conversation, August 31, 2021

China’s Personal Information Protection Law and Its Global Impact
The Diplomat, August 31, 2021

Xi Jinping says Big Tech crackdown is making progress, calls for Communist Party to ‘guide’ companies
South China Morning Post, August 31, 2021

Commentary (评论)

史上最嚴「禁補令」:中國正在下一盤大棋,讓這些中產家庭老老實實地做一顆社會主義大機器上的螺絲釘 (The harshest “no tutoring order” in history: China's great gambit to turn middle income families into faithful cogs in the great socialism machine)
The News Lens, August 31, 2021

余英时留给中国的大哉问 (The passing of Yu Yingshi left China some big questions)
Financial Times, August 30, 2021

Monday, August 30, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China holds firm on Xinjiang as neighbouring Afghanistan poses security concerns
South China Morning Post, August 30, 2021

Shein: China fashion giant investigates 'false' anti-Uyghur job ads
BBC News, August 28, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

“国际强迫失踪者日” 台湾民间团体呼吁:让李明哲回家(International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: Taiwan civil society groups urge China’s authorities to release Taiwanese pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che)
Voice of America, August 30, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese university appears to ask for lists of LGBTQ+ students for ‘investigation’
The Guardian, August 29, 2021

曾为狱中良心犯呼吁的四川公民肖春在福建被秘密审判 获刑4年 已送监服刑(Xiao Chun, Sichuan citizen who had advocated for prisoners of conscience, is sentenced to 4 years in prison in secret trial in Fujian)
Weiquanwang, August 29, 2021

案律师会见通报:出现幻听,需要长期服药,不后悔发声,坚信自己无罪(Report on lawyer’s first meeting with feminist and rights defender Li Qiaochu now nearly 7 months in detention: She hears things, needs long-term medications, doesn’t regret speaking out, and firmly believes in her innocence)
Weiquanwang, August 28, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中国劳动市场“就业难招工难” 结构性矛盾日趋严重(Difficulties in finding jobs and workers in China's labor market highlight worsening structural contradictions)
Voice of America, August 30, 2021

Intelligence Review Yields No Firm Conclusion on Origins of Coronavirus
美新冠溯源报告部分解密,未就病毒起源下定论

The New York Times, August 30, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

China’s Celebrity Culture Is Raucous. The Authorities Want to Change That.
中国扩大网络审查,整顿“饭圈”文化

The New York Times, August 30, 2021

网信办整改动作频频 不准“唱衰中国经济”( In flurry of actions, Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission bans "maligning China's economy")
Deutsche Welle, August 30, 2021

Related:
国家网信办启动清朗·商业网站平台和“自媒体”违规采编发布财经类信息专项整治(Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission of China launches special purification campaign to rectify illegal acquisition, editing, and publication of financial information by commercial website platforms and “self-media”)
Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, August 27, 2021