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, March 19, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

China Punishes Microsoft’s LinkedIn Over Lax Censorship

The New York Times, March 19, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China court hearing for detained Canadian Michael Spavor over in under 3 hours, diplomat says
Agence France-Presse, March 19, 2021

中国法院开始闭门审理加拿大人斯帕弗和康明凯案 (In closed trials, Chinese courts begin hearing cases of two Canadians accused of espionage)
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 19, 2021

李明哲被关4年 妻子提假释、探监、通信3诉求 (On 4th anniversary of Taiwanese NGO employee Li Mingzhe’s detention in China, wife makes three appeals: parole, prison visits, correspondence)
Radio Free Asia, March 19, 2021

上海维权人士陈建芳庭审 人权律师王宇遭警方控制 (Human rights lawyer Wang Yu is under police control for observing trial of Shanghai rights defender Chen Jianfang)
Voice of America, March 19, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Five Hong Kong democrats facing national security charges back behind bars after bail challenge withdrawal
Hong Kong Free Press, March 19, 2021

Hong Kong electoral reform: lawmakers to start discussing coming shake-up even before full details of Beijing plan revealed
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2021

國安教育殺入資助大學 教資會要求納必修 以爭學額資源 (National security education forces entry into universities; University Grants Committee calls it a requirement for receiving government subsidies)
Stand News, March 18, 2021

【香港文革】文匯星島狙擊科大教授李靜君 指參與「守護孩子」促嚴查 梁振英:盡快自首 (Pro-Beijing media outlet attacks Hong Kong University of Science and Technology professor Lee Ching Kwan for participating in volunteer group “Protect Our Kids Campaign”)
Stand News, March 19, 2021

【全面監控】建制再促課室裝閉路電視 鏡頭對焦教師 蔡若蓮:做法消極 恐教學變質 (Pro-government lawmakers push for CCTV surveillance cameras for monitoring teachers)
Stand News, March 19, 2021

終審法院法官韋彥德:倘香港法治受損 將離開終院 (Non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal Lord Reed: I'll leave the Court if rule of law in Hong Kong is broken)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 19, 2021

調查指兩成人計劃永久離開香港 學者:冇自由就會好悲觀,諗住走 (Survey shows 20% plan to leave Hong Kong permanently; scholar: No freedom leads to pessimism and wish to leave) , March 19, 2021

“We Hongkongers Survey” press conference cum our sixth mini-policy forum about Migration Tide in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, March 19, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Testy Exchange in Alaska Signals a More Confrontational China
The New York Times, March 19, 2021

In First Talks, Dueling Accusations Set Testy Tone for U.S.-China Diplomacy

The New York Times, March 19, 2021

美议员提案撤销中国永久性正常贸易关系地位 (U.S. lawmakers propose to revoke China's Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status)
Voice of America, March 19, 2021

U.S., March 18, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China Clamps Down on Software Used to Disguise Voiceprints
Radio Free Asia, March 18, 2021

UK spy agencies push for curbs on Chinese ‘smart cities’ technology

Financial Times, March 19, 2021

Apple warns Chinese apps not to dodge its new privacy rules

Financial Times, March 19, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Rising to the Challenge of China

The New York Times, March 19, 2021

If China’s Anti-Uyghur Campaign Isn’t Genocide, What Is?
The Diplomat, March 18, 2021

Beijing knows judicial independence is the last protection for Hong Kong’s future
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2021