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.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

‘I can’t be that careless’: Australian Uyghur activist targeted online
The Guardian, May 15, 2021

北京如何窃取维吾尔族人Iphone手机数据(How Beijing steals Uyghurs’ Iphone data)
Radio France Internationale, May 15, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese Rights Lawyer Calls For End to Travel Ban, Daughter in ICU
Radio Free Asia, May 14, 2021

人权律师常玮平妻子续控告当局非法取证与酷刑(Wife of human rights lawyer Chang Weiping proceeds with suit against authorities over illegal evidence collection and torture)
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2021

广西人权律师覃永沛被捕561天 至今不开庭(Still no trial for Guangxi human rights lawyer Qin Yongpei 561 days after arrest)
Radio Free Asia, May 15, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

第七次人口普查数据存在严重造假(Data of China's seventh census are seriously falsified)
Radio France Internationale, May 15, 2021

美国和欧盟联合声明: 让中国等支持扭曲贸易政策的国家承担责任(In joint statement, U.S., EU say they will hold countries like China that support trade-distorting policies accountable)
Radio Free Asia, May 17, 2021

EU, U.S. say they can partner to hold China to account on "trade-distorting policies"
Reuters, May 17, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China's streaming platforms are a new headache for Beijing
Protocol, May 16, 2021

Chinese businessman with links to Steve Bannon is driving force for a sprawling disinformation network, researchers say
The Washington Post, May 17, 2021

China’s Overseas Tech Talent Is Torn Over Going Home
Foreign Policy, May 16, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai and 9 other democrats plead guilty over 2019 National Day protest
Hong Kong Free Press, May 17, 2021

Future of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily is on the line after founder Jimmy Lai’s assets are frozen under national security law
South China Morning Post, May 15, 2021

Freezing of assets belonging to media tycoon Jimmy Lai not a press freedom issue, says Hong Kong security chief
Hong Kong Free Press, May 17, 2021

Risk to doing business in Hong Kong increased after Jimmy Lai asset freeze, says Taiwan
Agence France-Presse, May 15, 2021

10,250 arrests and 2,500 prosecutions since 2019 Hong Kong protests, as security chief hails fall in crime rate
Hong Kong Free Press, May 17, 2021

Depriving Hongkongers of platform to voice their grievances could trigger mass protests, rally organiser says
South China Morning Post, May 17, 2021

Hong Kong labour activists fear ‘political purge’ as gov’t says trade unions must comply with national security law
Hong Kong Free Press, May 17, 2021

「18區民主派聯絡會議」停止運作 稱功成身退之時(18 District Councils Liaison stops operation)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 15, 2021

再多兩人辭任區議員 :身心狀況出現問題 陳嘉言:宣誓令前景不明(District councillors—Manson Yu of Tai Po, Chris Chan of Kwun Tong—resign), May 17, 2021

鏗鏘集《7.21 誰主真相》奪金堯如新聞獎 港台拒領 編導蔡玉玲、鄭思思自行到場領獎(RTHK rejects Kam Yiu-yu Press Freedom Award for "Hong Kong Connection” program, “7.21: Who Owns the Truth"; producers Bao Choy and Cheng Sze Sze accept award on behalf of production team)
Stand News, May 15, 2021

Test balloon, warning shot, attack dog: Is Hong Kong witnessing a rebirth of the ‘mainland mouthpiece’?
Hong Kong Free Press, May 15, 2021

Government vacancies still attract jobseekers, Hong Kong civil service chief says after about 2,000 resignations in the past year
South China Morning Post, May 17, 2021

Hong Kong marathon commemorating Tiananmen Square crackdown proceeds in diminished form
South China Morning Post, May 16, 2021

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

As Xi offers vaccines to Tokyo Olympics, China hopes to avoid a boycott of Beijing’s 2022 Winter Games
South China Morning Post, May 16, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Only an international effort can put an end to China’s crimes in Xinjiang
The Guardian, May 16, 2021

Hong Kong immigration bill: baseless rhetoric on refugees only hurts the most vulnerable
South China Morning Post, May 16, 2021

Convicted of rioting despite no evidence of rioting? How will this work with the Poly U siege?
Hong Kong Free Press, May 15, 2021