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, May 12, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Drop in Xinjiang birthrate largest in recent history: report
The Washington Post, May 12, 2021

Family De-planning: The Coercive Campaign to Drive Down Indigenous Birth-rates in Xinjiang
Australian Strategic Policy Institute, May 12, 2021

UN: Governments Should Urge Xinjiang Inquiry
Human Rights Watch, May 12, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese authorities must immediately end their prosecution of citizen journalists
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, May 11, 2021

人权律师余文生遭羁押1206天后 首次获准家属探视 (Human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng is allowed family visit for the first time in 1,206 days of detention)
Radio Free Asia, May 12, 2021

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

成都中学生坠亡引众怒 警方打压已成白色恐怖 (Death of Chengdu middle schooler draws public outrage; police suppression turns into white terror)
Radio Free Asia, May 11, 2021

悼念汶川地震遇難學生 家長按習俗燃點炮仗遭阻止 (Police stops parents from lighting firecrackers to commemorate students who died in 2008 Wenchuan earthquake)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 12, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Running Defense for China's Global Media Push
China Media Project, May 12, 2021

Army of Fake Fans Online Boosts China's Global Messaging
Associated Press, May 11, 2021

China has used pandemic to boost global image, report says
The Guardian, May 12, 2021

China: The Covid-19 Story: Unmasking China’s Global Strategy
International Federation of Journalists, May 12, 2021

China TV Network Accounts for Bulk of Beijing's Influence Spending in US
Voice of America, May 12, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

国家网信办:《汽车数据安全管理若干规定》公开征求意见 (China CAC seeks public comments on draft of Certain Provisions of the Management of Vehicle Data Security)
Beijing News, May 12, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong lawmakers pass bill requiring public officers to pledge allegiance to gov’t; four district councillors to be ousted
Hong Kong Free Press, May 12, 2021

More pro-democracy Hong Kong politicians quit district council posts
Hong Kong Free Press, May 12, 2021

【區議員宣誓】逾百區議員傾向宣誓 已有 30 人表態不宣誓或辭職 民主派暫仍主導 17區議會(Over 100 district councilors will take oath, 30 will quit; Pro-democratic camp still controls 17 district councils)
Stand News, May 12, 2021

民主黨建議黨內區議員宣誓 民協全數區議員都會宣誓(Democratic Party suggests its members take oath; all district councilors of Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood will take oath)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 12, 2021

區議員宣誓】再多兩人請辭 屯門區議員馬旗批國安紅線「飄移」 葵青區議員黃潤達憂不愛國成「罪行」(Kwai Tsing district councilor Ivan Wong and Tuen Mun district councilor Ma Kee quits in fear of shifting national security redlines)
Stand News, May 12, 2021

涉 47 人案被起訴 鄭達鴻、張可森、伍健偉辭任區議員(Among the 47 pro-democracy figures charged under the National Security Law, three more district councilors—Tat Cheng, Ng Kin-wai and Cheung Ho-sum—quit their posts)
Stand News, May 12, 2021

Top Hong Kong national security officer under investigation
The Washington Post, May 12, 2021

Organised crime bureau probes head of national security police over massage parlour scandal; police chief will not resign
Hong Kong Free Press, May 12, 2021

Hong Kong’s proposed doxxing law is too broad and more safeguards are needed, legal experts say
South China Morning Post, May 12, 2021

Shenzhen and Guangdong new landing spots for civil servants
The Standard, May 12, 2021

More American Chamber of Commerce members say they are considering leaving Hong Kong, with many citing national security law
South China Morning Post, May 12, 2021