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, February 26, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Dutch parliament: China's treatment of Uighurs is genocide
Reuters, February 26, 2021

Is International Pressure Coalescing on China’s Xinjiang Policy?
The Diplomat, February 25, 2021

联合国人权理事会多国谴责中国在新疆侵犯人权罪行 (UNHRC members condemn China's human rights violations in Xinjiang)
Radio Free Aisa, February 25, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

China Punishes Those Who Question ‘Martyrs.’ A Sleuth Keeps Track.
The New York Times, February 26, 2021

China Digital Times, February 25,

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Human Rights Concerns Continue to Dog 2022 Beijing Olympics
The Diplomat, February 26, 2021

China Launches All-Out Propaganda Campaign as Xi Jinping Claims Poverty is Over
Radio Free Asia, February 25, 2021

China claims to have eliminated poverty, but the figures mask harsh challenges
The Washington Post, February 25, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent rank low in protecting digital rights, but it’s not all their fault, study finds
South China Morning Post, February 26, 2021

ByteDance agrees to US$92 million privacy settlement with US TikTok users
South China Morning Post, February 26, 2021

China's culture wars, now playing on Bilibili
Protocol, February 25, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Exclusive: Two rights groups quit Hong Kong as security law sends shudders through NGOs
Reuters, February 26, 2021

Hong Kong ex-leader CY Leung says city can’t expect chief executive to enjoy powers granted by Beijing, yet disregard state’s role in choosing post
South China Morning Post, February 26, 2021

National security law: 52 former lawmakers, activists arrested in January told to report to police on Sunday – more than a month early – with some expecting charges
South China Morning Post, February 26, 2021

Hong Kong teen who tried to flee to Taiwan with other fugitives faces new bail-jumping charge
South China Morning Post, February 26, 2021

National security law: English Schools Foundation tells parents practices will not change under new Hong Kong guidelines
South China Morning Post, February 26, 2021

Security law: Newly elected student union leaders say Chinese University Hong Kong trampled on popular opinion by cutting ties
Hong Kong Free Press, February 26, 2021

CUHK Statement on the Cabinet of the CUSU Executive Committee
Chinese University of Hong Kong, February 25, 2021

余心所善,不撓不悔—就中大剝奪學生會基本權利之聯署聲明 (“We Can’t Go On, We’ll GOn” - a petition against CUHK for depriving rights of the Student Union)
Syzygia, Cabinet-elect, 51st Executive Committee, the Student Union of CUHK, February 25, 2021

Hong Kong Baptist University cancels World Press Photo exhibition citing ‘safety and security’ concerns
Hong Kong Free Press, February 26, 2021

Loyalty, not love, key element of ‘patriots governing Hong Kong’, local delegate to China’s top legislative body says
South China Morning Post, February 25, 2021

China is mulling changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system
The Economist, February 26, 2021

Taiwan denies Hong Kong film tycoon Charles Heung residency on ‘national security’ grounds
Agence France-Presse, February 26, 2021

立法會一致通過修改《議事規則》及《內務守則》(Legislative Council unanimously passes amendments on Rules of Procedure and House Rules)
Ming Pao, February 26, 2021

【11.18 聲援理大】60 人被控暴動 分拆 6 案審理 最遲一案明年 12 月開審(60 charged with rioting over PolyU protests in 2019)
Stand News, February 26, 2021

Commentary (评论)

China’s Nationality Law Is a Cage for Hong Kongers
Foreign Policy, February 25, 2021