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 26, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China’s foreign minister says EU parliament is wrong to tie investment deal to Xinjiang
South China Morning Post, May 26, 2021

How China Is Losing Europe
The Diplomat, May 25, 2021

新疆人口遽减北京被控种族灭绝:强迫妇女结扎和装节育器 (Beijing is accused of genocide in drastic decline of Xinjiang population: Forced sterilization and use of IUDs)
Radio Free Asia, May 25, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

Washington’s commitment to Taiwan remains strong, says US ‘ambassador’
South China Morning Post, May 26, 2021

Tibet (西藏)

中共百年大庆强化对藏控制 藏人领袖呼吁警惕文化灭绝 (China increases control of Tibet ahead of CPC centennial; Tibetan leader urges vigilance against cultural genocide)
Voice of America, May 26, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Yang Hengjun: Australian writer says he is unafraid of ‘suffering and torture’ ahead of trial in China
The Guardian, May 26, 2021

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

澳门首次以政治理由拒绝“六四”纪念活动 (For the first time, Macao bans June Fourth commemoration for political reasons)
Deutsche Welle, May 26, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China-US ties: ‘Eagle Act’ to counter Beijing introduced in Washington
Reuters, May 26, 2021

加拿大艾伯塔省要求大学审查与中共实体的合作 (Alberta requires universities to review relationships with CPC entities)
Voice of America, May 26, 2021

世卫调查组成员:若再访中国有助于新冠溯源研究 (Member of WHO investigation team: Revisiting China can help locate COVID-19 origin)
Voice of America, May 26, 2021

世卫大会开幕 多国呼吁独立调查疫情大流行起源 (WHA: World leaders urge independent investigation into COVID-19 origin)
Radio Free Asia, May 25, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s data protection rules among ‘core challenges’ facing British firms, despite steps to open economy
South China Morning Post, May 26, 2021

Chinese Surveillance-Gear Maker Hikvision Has Ties to Country’s Military, Report Says
The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong legislature due to approve curbs on public vote
The Washington Post, May 26, 2021

National Security police officer’s massage visit was during office hours, witness testimony suggests
FactWire, May 26, 2021

Hong Kong protests: opposition group urges city’s No 2 official to exempt it from Covid-19 social-distancing rules for Tiananmen vigil
South China Morning Post, May 26, 2021

Former aide of Starry Lee, chairwoman of Hong Kong’s largest pro-establishment party, sentenced to eight months in jail for bribing voters with ‘lucky bags’
South China Morning Post, May 26, 2021

The Gutting of Hong Kong’s Public Broadcaster
The Diplomat, May 25, 2021

Penalties coming for RTHK staff over June 4 stunt
The Standard, May 26, 2021

蔡玉玲獲尼曼獎學金 將赴哈佛進修 研究媒體如何在獨裁政權下生存(Bao Choy, RTHK journalist of award-winning documentary “7.21: Who Owns the Truth," receives Harvard University's Nieman Fellowship)
Stand News, May 25, 2021

東區區議員曾因瑩辭任 不願宣誓後自我審查、背棄良心(Phoenix Tsang resigns from Eastern district councilor post as she refuses to self-censor and betray her conscience if she takes oath)
Stand News, May 26, 2021

教協調查指多間學校有學生退學 兩成小學面臨縮班 馮偉華:家長對香港教育信心減(Professional Teachers' Union survey shows students drop out from many schools and 20% of primary schools face class reduction; PTU president Fung Wai Wa: Parents are losing confidence in HK's education)
Stand News, May 26, 2021

Hong Kongers are using blockchain archives to fight government censorship
Quartz, May 26, 2021

Pro-establishment lawmakers urge Hong Kong gov’t to de-register convicted social workers
Hong Kong Free Press, May 26, 2021

Words ‘Hong Kong’ and ‘independent’ removed from sculpture installation at Sai Kung park
South China Morning Post, May 26, 2021