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, April 01, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Beijing Orders Closure of Chinese Law Firm Tied to Hong Kong Activists
Voice of America, March 31, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

'Xinjiang cotton is my love': Patriots on show at China Fashion Week
Reuters, April 1, 2021

新疆人权:海外维吾尔人指控中国政府后付出的代价(Human rights in Xinjiang: Overseas Uyghurs are harassed, threatened after accusing Chinese government)
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 1, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

Taiwan to buy new U.S. air defence missiles to guard against China
Reuters, April 1, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Why are foreign journalists fleeing China?
Deutsche Welle, April 1, 2021

BBC记者辞京赴台事件持续发酵(Case of BBC reporter leaving Beijing for Taiwan continues to ferment)
Deutsche Welle, April 1, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

WHO’s COVID-19 Origin Report Leaves Everyone Unsatisfied
The Diplomat, April 1, 2021

14国联合指控中国妨碍世卫国际专家团武汉调查工作(14 countries jointly accuse China of obstructing investigation of WHO international expert team in Wuhan)
Radio France Internationale, April 1, 2021

中国官媒制造假新闻又一实证(Another example of China's official media making fake news)
Radio Free Asia, April 1, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

UK calls for world to ‘get tough’ with China as part of global trade shake-up

Financial Times, March 31, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

7 Hong Kong veteran pro-democracy activists guilty of unauthorised assembly during peaceful 2019 demo
Hong Kong Free Press, April 1, 2021

Hong Kong protests: Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee, five former lawmakers convicted over unauthorised 2019 march from Victoria Park
South China Morning Post, April 1, 2021

The ties that bind: many bodies with new-found influence as part of Hong Kong’s electoral shake-up are linked to, if not controlled by, Beijing
South China Morning Post, April 1, 2021

Hong Kong judiciary says courts will withhold details on defendants and police from reporters, day after city’s leader warned against ‘weaponisation’ of personal information
South China Morning Post, March 31, 2021

Helena Wong ‘voted for gov’t motions’: Judiciary reveals how Hong Kong democrat got bail under security law
Hong Kong Free Press, April 1, 2021

Beijing Orders Closure of Chinese Law Firm Tied to Hong Kong Activists
Voice of America, March 31, 2021

晚報:公民與社會發展將取代通識,民調顯示六成人反對新課程少談民生政治(Liberal Studies renamed as Citizenship and Social Development; survey shows 60% oppose reduced discussion of socio-political issues in new curriculum)
Initium Media, April 1, 2021

“We Hongkongers Survey” press conference cum our eighth mini-policy forum about Liberal Studies Subject Reform
Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, April 1, 2021

EDB announces measures to optimise four senior secondary core subjects
HKSAR government, April 1, 2021

律師行聲明羅達雄「官派律師」指控錯誤 稱沒責任向李宇軒家人解釋委託詳情(Olympia Chambers: Lawrence Law is not a "government-appointed solicitor" and has no duty to inform Li's family about Li)
Ming Pao, April 1, 2021

Press Release 20210401
Olympia Chambers, April 1, 2021

Hong Kong does not warrant special US status since Beijing has slashed its autonomy, Antony Blinken reaffirms
South China Morning Post, April 1, 2021

2021 Hong Kong Policy Act Report
U.S. Department of State, March 31, 2021