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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

US Cancels Ambassador’s Controversial Trip to Taiwan
The Diplomat, January 13, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese police take away human rights lawyers trying to attend court hearing for fellow lawyer Lu Siwei
Hong Kong Free Press, January 13, 2021

盧思位律師吊照聽證會 司法廳舉證指Twitter轉發訊息危害國家安全、詆毀司法制度 (Lu Siwei’s law license revocation hearing: Sichuan Dep’t of Justice says Lu's retweets endanger national security, defame legal system)
CitizenNews, January 13, 2021

郭飞雄吁请李克强等伸援手 放他赴美照料癌症手术后妻子 (Guo Feixiong urges Li Keqiang to let him go to US and take care of his wife who's suffering from cancer)
Voice of America, January 13, 2021

Urgent Open Letter to Premier Li Keqiang and Minister Zhao Kezhi
Human Rights in China, January 10, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Less Effective than Initially Thought
Voice of America, January 12, 2021

China in darkest period for human rights since Tiananmen, says rights group
The Guardian, January 13, 2021

“北京空气好了,其他城市却越来越差” 专家:中国抗击污染还有问题 (“Beijing's air improves, as other cities’ worsens”—Expert: China’s ongoing problem with fight against air pollution)
Voice of America, January 13, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Huawei patent mentions use of Uighur-spotting tech
British Broadcasting Corporation, January 13, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong teen who was among the 12 fugitives detained in Shenzhen could face additional charges after being returned to city
South China Morning Post, January 13, 2021

Exclusive | National security law: Beijing ‘mulling’ public office ban on British National (Overseas) passport holders in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, January 13, 2021