The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Two Arrests, Two Outcomes Tell a Tale of Xi Jinping’s China

The New York Times, February 18, 2021

三百多中国公民联署:尽快出台《政府法》惩治冤假错案 (Joint appeal by more than 300 Chinese citizens: Promulgate "Government Law" as soon as possible to hold those accountable for unjust prosecution)
Radio Free Asia, February 18, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

A W.H.O. Researcher on His Trip to China Seeking Origins of the Virus

The New York Times, February 18, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong activist publisher Jimmy Lai denied bail again
Associated Press, February 18, 2021

National security law: Hong Kong student arrested over independence calls at Chinese University protest
South China Morning Post, February 18, 2021

羅冠聰、許智峯視像出席加拿大國會聽證會 籲助抗爭者赴加 (In testimony before Canadian House Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Nathan Law, Ted Hui urge Canada to provide assistance to protesters)
The Stand News, February 18, 2021

国安法如何威胁香港互联网自由? (How does the National Security Law threaten Hong Kong's Internet freedom?)
Deutsche Welle, February 18, 2021

拒絕宣誓 新公務員工會主席顏武周辭職 「無必要繼續自欺欺人地留在政府」 (Refusing to swear allegiance, chairman of Union for New Civil Servants Michael Ngan resigns: “No need to continue to stay in government, deceiving myself and others”)
The Stand News, February 18, 2021

Covid-19: Some Hongkongers shun gov’t tracking app over privacy concerns as new rules rolled out at eateries
Hong Kong Free Press, February 19, 2021

Forced to Pledge Allegiance, Hong Kong Civil Servants Wary About Future
Voice of America, February 17, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

爱沙尼亚情报部门警告当心"北京主导的被静音世界" 中国要求修改报告但被拒绝 (Estonian intelligence service warns against "silenced world led by Beijing"; China’s request for report revision is rejected)
Voice of America, February 18, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s Crackdown on Muslims Extends to a Resort Island

The New York Times, February 18, 2021

中国民政部开展新一轮严打 “非法”民间组织 (Ministry of Civil Affairs of China launches new round of crackdown on "illegal" civil society organizations)
Radio Free Asia, February 18, 2021

民政部公布2021年第一批涉嫌非法社会组织名单 (Ministry of Civil Affairs announces first group of suspected illegal civil society organizations in 2021)
China News Service, February 18, 2021

China lashes out at Canada for signing declaration against arbitrary detention
The Guardian, February 18, 2021