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, May 27, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

US and EU officials meet to discuss concerns about China moves, including in Xinjiang and Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, May 27, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

Taiwan accuses China of interfering with Covid vaccine deals
The Guardian, May 27, 2021

Beijing waged ‘disinformation warfare’ on Taiwan in lead-up to elections – report
Hong Kong Free Press, May 27, 2021

Tibet (西藏)

New Tibetan exile president open to reaching out to China
The Washington Post, May 27, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Australia’s ambassador to China denied entry to trial of Yang Hengjun
The Guardian, May 27, 2021

China: Australian-Chinese writer held on baseless ‘spying’ charges must get fair trial
Amnesty International, May 26, 2021

江苏省淮安市民主人士王默获刑3年(Human rights activist Wang Mo in Huai'an, Jiangsu is sentenced to 3 years in prison)
Weiquanwang, May 26, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Beijing Is Social Media Trolling Biden Over Gaza
Foreign Policy, May 26, 2021

Eye for an eye: China bans US religious leader as payback for sanction over Falun Gong detention
South China Morning Post, May 26, 2021

The Secret Behind the Chinese Communist Party’s Perseverance
The Diplomat, May 26, 2021

美参院通过修正案,禁止为武毒所及中国“增加功能”研究提供资助(U.S. Senate passes amendment to stop funding Wuhan Institute of Virology and gain-of-function experiments in China)
Voice of America, May 27, 2021

Senate votes to defund Wuhan animal lab and 'gain-of-function' experiments in China
The Hill, May 26, 2021

Biden calls for U.S. agencies to ‘redouble’ investigative efforts into the origins of the virus.

The New York Times, May 27, 2021

Covid-19溯源:武汉病毒研究所未发表的三篇论文遭披露 事故假设被重提(Disclosure of three unpublished theses by Wuhan Institute of Virology resurfaces accident hypothesis)
Radio France Internationale, May 27, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong electoral changes: lawmakers approve bill to implement sweeping overhaul of political system
South China Morning Post, May 27, 2021

‘Huge regression in democracy’: Hong Kong democrats hesitant to run in elections after overhaul
Hong Kong Free Press, May 27, 2021

Hong Kong Police Block Tiananmen Events, Citing the Pandemic
The New York Times, May 27, 2021

National security law: former Hong Kong leader CY Leung ramps up criticism of Jimmy Lai’s Apple Daily, as parent company’s shares soar
South China Morning Post, May 27, 2021

独家:香港保安局长以坐牢威胁银行不得与黎智英进行账户往来 (Exclusive: Secretary for Security threatens banks with imprisonment for any transactions with Jimmy Lai)
Reuters, May 27, 2021

Hong Kong protests: student jailed for chanting slogans calling for city’s liberation at unlawful 2019 demonstration
South China Morning Post, May 27, 2021

Hong Kong students to learn history with national security perspective under new guidelines
Hong Kong Free Press, May 27, 2021

Curriculum Framework of National Security Education in Hong Kong
Education Bureau, May 26, 2021

教育局就處理教師投訴發通函 教協憂帶來寒蟬效應(Education Bureau sends circular on handling complaints against teachers; Teachers' Union fears chilling effect)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 27, 2021

「優化學校投訴管理安排」正面睇(Optimizing schools' complaints management arrangement)
Education Bureau, May 27, 2021

Hong Kong Schools Record Exodus of Students as Families Leave The City
Radio Free Asia, May 26, 2021

UK receives 34,000 visa requests from Hong Kong in two months
The Guardian, May 27, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Activists Face Jail and Cynicism
The New York Times, May 27, 2021

香港通过“爱国者治港”选举新法 反对声音将被消失?(Hong Kong passes “patriots governing Hong Kong” election bill; will voices of dissent disappear?)
BBC, May 27, 2021