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, October 08, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

NEW ACCOUNTS DESCRIBE TORTURE, FORCED LABOR FACING XINJIANG DETAINEES
China Digital Times, October 7, 2021

China’s Xinjiang faces hidden risk from debt-heavy XPCC, with spending tipped to rise after US withdrawal from Afghanistan
South China Morning Post, October 8, 2021

US judge rejects Esquel Group’s request to remove Xinjiang unit from ‘entity list’
South China Morning Post, October 8, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Luo Changping Detained in China After Criticizing 'The Battle at Lake Changjin'
The New York Times, October 8, 2021

人权律师常玮平遭陕西地方官报复,酷吏名单曝光 (Exposed: Shaanxi officials who brutalized rights lawyer Chang Weiping)
Radio Free Asia, October 7, 2021

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

湖南省怀化市托口水库移民集体要求基本医疗保障与养老社保 (Hunan residents displaced by Huaihua Tuokou Reservoir demand basic medical insurance, social security)
Weiquanwang, October 8, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

CIA Creates Working Group on China as Threats Keep Rising
The Diplomat, October 7, 2021

C.I.A. Reorganization to Place New Focus on China
中情局将成立“中国任务中心”,应对中国挑战

The New York Times, October 8, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

微信回应“后台读取相册”:便于快速发图,新版本中将取消 (Responding to concerns over “background photos reading,” WeChat will discontinue quick image-sharing function in next app update)
The Paper, October 8, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

17 opposition Hong Kong district councillors have oaths of allegiance challenged; 20 more disqualified
South China Morning Post, October 8, 2021

Related:
區議員宣誓|新界西及離島區議員宣誓17人須補交資料 4人缺席宣誓即時離任(Oaths of 17 district councilors from New Territories West and Outlying Islands questioned by authorities; 4 absent from oath-taking ceremony ousted immediately)
Ming Pao, October 8, 2021

Chinese emblem appears on Hong Kong gov’t websites under updated flag law, local emblem shrinks
Hong Kong Free Press, October 8, 2021

Beijing officials in Hong Kong urge public to embrace national pride, support integration with mainland China
South China Morning Post, October 8, 2021

Hong Kong's oldest university orders Tiananmen statue removal
Agence France-Presse, October 8, 2021

Chinese University Student Union ‘forced to dissolve in such an ugly way,’ ex-leader says
Hong Kong Free Press, October 8, 2021

Related:
中大學生會解散 民主牆遭圍封有學生批扼殺言論自由(CUHK’s “Democracy Wall” shut down following disbandment of students’ union; students call it strangling of freedom of speech)
Radio Television Hong Kong, October 7, 2021

National security law: police arrest couple, seize pistol and 92 bullets during raid on northern Hong Kong flat
South China Morning Post, October 8, 2021

Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK refuses to say why it deleted story about proposed law criminalising insults
Hong Kong Free Press, October 8, 2021

曾被《文匯》轟「放生暴徒」 據報法官沈小民提早退休移英 司法機構拒評(Judge Sham Siu-man, attacked by pro-Beijing newspaper for light sentences to 2019 protestors, to emigrate to UK in early retirement)
Stand News, October 8, 2021

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Xinjiang exports rattled by coronavirus outbreaks in Central Asia as risks from US sanctions loom
South China Morning Post, October 6, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Indictment of Citizens Movement Advocate Xu Zhiyong — A Full Translation
China Change, October 6, 2021

Indictment of Citizens Movement Advocate Ding Jiaxi — A Full Translation
China Change, October 6, 2021

Chinese Labor’s 'Dark Web'
Protocol, October 6, 2021

人权公益人士广州遭抓捕 恐被控“煽动颠覆国家”罪 (Two human rights and public interests activists arrested in Guangzhou may face “inciting subversion” charges)
Voice of America, October 7, 2021

Counterterrorism (反恐)

After the Fall of Kabul, the US Needs to Reject China’s Narrative on Terrorism
The Diplomat, October 6, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Why China Is Alienating the World
Foreign Affairs, October 6, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

‘Profound regret’: Chinese University of Hong Kong’s student union dissolves after 50 years amid pressure
Hong Kong Free Press, October 7, 2021

National security law: 7 Hong Kong activists, ex-lawmakers plead guilty to unauthorised assembly charges over July 1 rally
South China Morning Post, October 7, 2021

Hong Kong plans megacourt to deal with protest arrests backlog
The Guardian, October 7, 2021

New law could ban insults against all Hong Kong civil servants, not just police, city leader says
South China Morning Post, October 7, 2021

屯門社區網絡宣布解散(Tuen Mun Community Network announces disbandment)
Ming Pao, October 7, 2021

Policy address: requirement for Hong Kong teachers to pass test on Basic Law to expand to subsidised schools
South China Morning Post, October 7, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Why did Hong Kong need 8,000 police to help it celebrate National Day?
Hong Kong Free Press, October 7, 2021

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Tibet (西藏)

New role for Tibet’s chairman in countdown to China’s Communist Party congress
South China Morning Post, October 6, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

蔡英文今要北京克制避免擦枪走火 (Tsai Ing-wen urges Beijing to exercise restraint, avoid misfiring)
Radio France Internationale, October 6, 2021

Biden says he and China's Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement
Reuters, October 5, 2021

台湾防长:2025年中国将具全面攻台能力 (Taiwan Minister of Defense: By 2025, China will become fully capable of launching attacks on Taiwan)
Deutsche Welle, October 6, 2021

不顾北京反对 法澳政治人物接续访台 (Despite Beijing's objection, French and Australian politicians continue visiting Taiwan)
Deutsche Welle, October 6, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China’s Top Disciplinary Body Moves Against Ex-Security Officials Fu Zhenghua, Sun Lijun
The Diplomat, October 6, 2021

China’s missing #MeToo and labour activist pair held by police, family told
South China Morning Post, October 5, 2021

China Holds Thousands Annually in Incommunicado Detention to Get 'Confessions'
Radio Free Asia, October 5, 2021

Related:
“保护卫士”发布中文报告 揭露指定居所监视居住实况 (Report from Safeguard Defenders exposes the reality of China's designated residential surveillance)
Radio Free Asia, October 5, 2021

Locked Up: report on China's secret jails now out in Chinese language
最新中文插图报告揭露中国指定居所监视居住秘密监狱内部实况
Safeguard Defenders, October 5, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

中共“人质外交”下 中外公民如何自保? (How do Chinese/foreign citizens protect themselves under CPC's “hostage diplomacy”?)
Voice of America, October 5, 2021

习近平继续进行大清洗 (Xi Jinping continues the great purge)
Radio France Internationale, October 5, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong Policy Address: Emotional Carrie Lam hails ‘new era,’ vows to bolster national security measures
Hong Kong Free Press, October 6, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong Policy Address: Lam’s speech was aimed at Beijing and not Hongkongers, say democrats
Hong Kong Free Press, October 6, 2021

Hong Kong Policy Address: Gov’t examining plan to allow Hongkongers in China to vote in Dec legislative election
Hong Kong Free Press, October 6, 2021

【施政報告】林鄭:積極推展23條立法、打擊假新聞(Chief Executive Carrie Lam vows to push forward Article 23 legislation and fight against "fake news")
inmedia.hk, October 6, 2021

Hong Kong police banned Tiananmen vigil ‘by default’, barrister accused of incitement tells court
South China Morning Post, October 6, 2021

Hong Kong’s top court adjourns verdict over whether ‘joint enterprise’ applies to rioting cases
Hong Kong Free Press, October 5, 2021

Hong Kong protests: China flag desecrator faces jail after court rejects defence he was affected by behavioural condition
South China Morning Post, October 6, 2021

Hong Kong social workers convicted of national security offence will be struck off under new government proposal
South China Morning Post, October 5, 2021

《立場》、《眾》等被拒出席「北部都會」簡介會 創新辦:非記者會,視乎情況邀請相關人員(Stand News, Citizen News and others are denied access to gov’t press conference on "Northern Metropolis")
Stand /news, October 6, 2021

Commentary (评论)

TRANSLATION: CHANG PING ON THE HONG KONG ALLIANCE AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE HISTORICAL MEMORY
China Digital Times, October 5, 2021

解放軍機接連擾台「破紀錄」,為什麼選在這個時候? (PLA’s “unprecedented” harassment of Taiwan—why now?)
The News Lens, October 5, 2021

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

'Some are just psychopaths': Chinese detective in exile reveals extent of torture against Uyghurs
CNN, October 5, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

蔡英文:台湾若落入中国手中将是一场灾难 (Tsai Ing-wen: It will be a disaster if Taiwan falls into China's hand)
Deutsche Welee, October 5, 2021

Related:
Taiwan and the Fight for Democracy
Foreign Affairs, October 5, 2021

中国出动创纪录的93架次军机靠近台湾,美国予以警告
Record Chinese Aircraft Sorties Near Taiwan Prompt U.S. Warning
The Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China Probes Another High-Ranking Enforcer From 'Suspect' Domestic Security Apparatus
Radio Free Asia, October 4, 2021

深圳11.15大抓捕案中获刑5年的李江鹏已获释出狱 (Shenzhen rights activist Li Jiangpeng is released after 5 years in prison for “subversion”)
Weiquanwang, October 1, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

LINKEDIN CENSORS MORE JOURNALIST PROFILES IN CHINA, SUGGESTS SELF-CENSORSHIP AS SOLUTION
China Digital Times, October 4, 2021

Patriotic films dominate China’s National Day holiday as industry faces pileup of unreleased titles
SupChina, October 4, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

What Washington’s China Consensus Obscures
The Atlantic, October 5, 2021

日相对中国申请加入CPTPP表达疑虑 (Japanese PM expresses great concerns over China's application to join CPTPP)
Radio Free Asia, October 5, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s TMZ comes for politics, then censors come for it
Protocol, October 4, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

16 more democratically elected district councillors face disqualification over Hong Kong gov’t loyalty oaths
Hong Kong Free Press, October 5, 2021

專訪|六四工人領袖韓東方擬出選 信港未玩完:民主黨參選尋可能 (Interview: 1989 labor rights leader Han Dongfang and Democratic Party member plans to run for LegCo, believes game is not over)
HK01, October 5, 2021

No new voters? No problem: Beijing ‘unlikely to blame’ Hong Kong’s pro-establishment camp for lack of interest in coming poll
South China Morning Post, October 5, 2021

‘Immature’ activist chanted slogans to prove Hong Kong security law protects free speech, not to incite secession, say lawyers
Hong Kong Free Press, October 5, 2021

Ex-chief of Hong Kong’s disbanded Tiananmen Massacre vigil group pleads not guilty to incitement charge
Hong Kong Free Press, October 5, 2021

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘not involved’ in deciding whether Tiananmen crackdown statue can remain on university campus
South China Morning Post, October 5, 2021

Related:
Democrat urges University of Hong Kong not to remove Tiananmen Massacre statue amid rumours it will go
Hong Kong Free Press, October 4, 2021

消息稱《反外國制裁法》本地立法擱置 林鄭月娥:未收到中央任何立法時間表(Sources say local legislation of anti-foreign sanction law is shelved; Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Beijing doesn't have a timetable)
Ming Pao, October 5, 2021

【區議員宣誓】屯門潘智鍵、王德源 宣布不出席周五宣誓(Tuen Mun district councilors Gary Poon and Wong Tak-yuen will not attend oath-taking ceremony on Friday)
Stand News, October 5, 2021

Schools 'responsible' for national security
The Standard, October 5, 2021

民研:五成人認同傳媒自我審查 新聞公信力創回歸以來新低(Survey shows over half of respondents think news media practice self-censorship; credibility of media reaches new low since 1997)
inmedia.hk, October 5, 2021

Related:
HKPOP releases the Top 5 Executive Councillors People’s Appraisal of News Media and GGPI
香港民研發放五大行政會議成員評分新聞傳媒評價及限聚指數
Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, October 5, 2021

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

China’s Bubble Operation Olympics: What is the “Closed Loop Management System”?
What's on Weibo, October 4, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Urgent Actions Needed to Stop Cultural Rights Violations Against Uyghurs
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, October 5, 2021

Are Hong Kong’s leaders speaking the same language as the people?
South China Morning Post, October 5, 2021

‘Hostage diplomacy’ in the Two Michaels case shows China’s legal system is a sham
Hong Kong Free Press, October 5, 2021

从“强制堕胎”到“强制生育” 评论:中共为达目的不择手段 (From “enforced abortion” to “enforced reproduction”: CPC stops at nothing to achieve its goals)
Voice of America, October 5, 2021

Monday, October 04, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

新疆和田逾百维吾尔族被扣查 罪名 : 消极对待国庆(More than 100 Uyghurs in Hotan, Xinjiang are detained for investigation; their offense: passivity on National Day)
Radio Free Asia, October 4, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

美国吁北京停止挑衅后 解放军再出动56架次扰台刷新纪录(After U.S. urges Beijing to stop its provocation, PLA dispatches 56 planes into Taiwanese airspace, setting new record)
Radio Free Asia, October 4, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese citizen journalist held incommunicado after COVID reporting reappears
GlobalVoices, October 4, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Chinese blogger rails against Communist Party enemies and rattles business, intellectuals with reminders of past
South China Morning Post, October 4, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

专家警告:中国未来5年或频繁出现更严重缺电(Experts warn worsening power shortage in China in next 5 years)
Radio France Internationale, October 4, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Chinese AI gets ethical guidelines for the first time, aligning with Beijing’s goal of reining in Big Tech
South China Morning Post, October 3, 2021

China tightens political control of internet giants
Associated Press, October 4, 2021

Related:
网络安全、反垄断、再分配:中共加强控制互联网巨头(Cybersecurity, antitrust, redistribution: CPC strengthens control of Internet giants)
Deutsche Welle, October 4, 2021

China’s plan to block export of ‘core’ data raises questions over implementation
South China Morning Post, October 4, 2021

美参议员:领英封禁美国记者的中国页面是对中共“公然绥靖”(U.S. Senator: LinkedIn’s blocking of U.S. journalists’ China pages is ‘blatant appeasement’ of CPC)
Voice of America, October 2, 2021

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

Beijing Winter Olympics: organisers feel ‘great pressure in epidemic prevention and control’
South China Morning Post, October 4, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

National security law: Hong Kong’s biggest opposition trade union votes by overwhelming majority to disband
South China Morning Post, October 3, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong Security Bureau warns disbanded groups will remain criminally liable, after pro-democracy union coalition folds
Hong Kong Free Press, October 4, 2021

香港職業治療師工會通過解散動議 即時啟動相關程序兩周後停運(Union of Hong Kong Occupational Therapists passes disbandment resolution, to cease operation in two weeks)
Ming Pao, October 4, 2021

Hong Kong activists stage demonstrations worldwide during China’s national day
Hong Kong Free Press, October 4, 2021

Related:
Hongkongers in Taiwan Spray Chinese Leader's Portrait Black on Day of Oct. 1 Protests
Radio Free Asia, October 1 2021

Hong Kong officials urged to speed up delivery of Article 23 security law to counter foreign interference
South China Morning Post, October 4, 2021

Related:
New Hong Kong security law – Article 23 – will only affect ‘a small group of people,’ says top official
Hong Kong Free Press, October 4, 2021

Exclusive | No timetable for Hong Kong anti-sanctions law, finance chief Paul Chan says
South China Morning Post, October 4, 2021

Third group of Hong Kong district councillors take oath of office, but questions remain over how many will be unseated
South China Morning Post, October 3, 2021

Related:
監誓人對16名區議員今日宣誓有效性存疑問(Oaths of 16 district councilors questioned by authorities)
inmedia.hk, October 3, 2021

陳珮明宣誓前請辭 公民黨區議員歸零(Shatin district councilor Mike Chan resigns before oath-taking, leaving Civic Party with zero representation)
inmedia.hk, October 3, 2021

區議員宣誓|余浚寧宣布已辭任西貢區議員(Sai Kung district councillor Tsunning Yu resigns before oath-taking)
Ming Pao, October 4, 2021

民主黨黃凱盈缺席宣誓 曾列初選林卓廷名單第二位(Democratic Party district councilor of Northern district Irene Wong absent from oath-taking ceremony)
inmedia.hk, October 4, 2021

Hong Kong lawyers create court database of protest-related cases in bid to safeguard rule of law
Hong Kong Free Press, October 3, 2021

Commentary (评论)

《尚气》获全球赞誉却踢到中国民族主义铁板(Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi wins global praise but is shunned in China amid rising nationalism)
Voice of America, October 4, 2021

Friday, October 01, 2021

Xinjiang, 新疆

China appoints new Xinjiang governor amid abuse accusations
The Washington Post, October 1, 2021

How is Xinjiang’s economy holding amid US sanctions, and can China keep supporting its ‘great burden’?
South China Morning Post, October 1, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese prosecutors deny request to formally arrest trio, including lawyers, on ‘picking quarrels’ charge
South China Morning Post, October 1, 2021

两名加拿大公民获释 王炳章家属呼吁营救王炳章 (Following release of “two Michaels,” family of imprisoned dissident Wang Bingzhang appeals to Canadian government to rescue him)
Radio Free Asia, September 30, 2021

北京坐实人质外交 在华外商度日如年 (As Beijing sticks to hostage diplomacy, foreign businesses in China draft emergency rescue plans for employees)
Radio France Internationale, October 1, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Lawmaker asks LinkedIn, Microsoft why they censored US journalists’ accounts in China
South China Morning Post, October 1, 2021

Xi Jinping’s clampdowns herald a tense political year in China
The Economist, October 2, 2021

报道武汉疫情失踪600天 公民记者陈秋实现突然现身 (Disappeared for 600 days for chronicling Wuhan epidemic, citizen journalist Chen Qiushi is back online)
Deutsche Welle, October 1, 2021

Arabophone Chinese influencer divides public opinion in Egypt
GlobalVoices, October 1, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s ambassador warns Belgian lawmakers as they debate resolutions on Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, October 1, 2021

The End of China’s Rise
Foreign Affairs, October 1, 2021

When China wants to be feared
The Economist, October 2, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China to block ‘core’ industrial, telecoms data from leaving the country
South China Morning Post, October 1, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong on ‘right track’ after electoral overhaul, Carrie Lam says at security-focused National Day celebration
South China Morning Post, October 1, 2021

Related:
CE's speech at National Day reception
HKSAR government, October 1, 2021

Hong Kong media outlets barred from media sector’s National Day celebration
Hong Kong Free Press, October 1, 2021

多名成員繫獄 社民連十一如常示威 陳寶瑩:堅守崗位(League of Social Democrats holds annual protest on National Day despite members in prison)
inmedia.hk, October 1, 2021

HKFP Lens: Chinese patriots turn Hong Kong into a sea of red on National Day
Hong Kong Free Press, October 1, 2021

宣誓前夕 沙田區議員陳諾恒辭職(Shatin district councilor Chandler Chan resigns before oath-taking)
Stand News, October 1, 2021

Ex-Apple Daily journalists could face life in prison as national security case to be moved to Hong Kong’s High Court
Hong Kong Free Press, October 1, 2021

Journalists Sound Alarm Over New Guidelines For Radio Television Hong Kong
Radio Free Asia, September 30, 2021

Hong Kong schools lose 81 Primary One classes as wave of emigration saps student population
South China Morning Post, September 30, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Beijing and the UN, 50 Years On
The Diplomat, October 1, 2021