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, June 24, 2021

CPC Centenary (中国共产党一百周年)

Chinese academic under fire over ‘historical nihilism’ remarks
South China Morning Post, June 24, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

US sanctions Chinese solar firms for Uighur human rights abuses
Al Jazeera, June 24, 2021

US bans some imports of solar products from Xinjiang

Financial Times, June 24, 2021

白宫声明:美国将对新疆强迫劳役展开系列行动(White House Statement: U.S. to launch a series of actions against forced labor in Xinjiang)
Radio Free Asia, June 24, 2021

FACT SHEET: New U.S. Government Actions on Forced Labor in Xinjiang
The White House, June 24, 2021

德国议院人权委员会: 中国政府在新疆犯下了反人类罪(German Parliament Human Rights Committee: Chinese gov’t commits crimes against humanity in Xinjiang)
Deutsche Welle, June 24, 2021

Tibet (西藏)

Why choosing the next dalai lama will be a religious – as well as political – issue
The Conversation, June 24, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

山东一小学排查学生校外读物 禁阅宗教、反动及境外书籍(Shandong primary school investigates students' off-campus reading materials, bans religious, “reactionary,” foreign books)
Radio Free Asia, June 24, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China tries to turn tables on West after criticism by UN Human Rights Council members
South China Morning Post, June 24, 2021

Canadian lawmakers want audit of Hong Kong officials’ assets and ‘personal connections’ under Magnitsky sanctions programme
South China Morning Post, June 24, 2021

US says Chinese scientists asked for removal of virus records from database

Financial Times, June 24, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Behind China’s Push To Make Data A National Asset
Protocol, June 23, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Last Edition: Hong Kong’s Apple Daily Signs Off With Million-Copy Run
Voice of America, June 24, 2021

Taiwan’s Apple Daily says it will continue operations
Agence France-Presse, June 24, 2021

What’s next for Next Digital, with the closure of its flagship Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong?
South China Morning Post, June 24, 2021

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily deletes social media accounts, but will live on free of censors in blockchain
Independent, June 24, 2021

Apple Daily executives challenge Hong Kong police seizure of news articles during high-profile raid that led to their arrests
South China Morning Post, June 24, 2021

科技園稱蘋果日報印刷涉違規已按契約採取相應行動(Hong Kong Science Park Limited takes action against Apple Daily for breach of leasing rules)
Radio Television Hong Kong, June 23, 2021

香港蘋果日報被迫停刊,國際齊聲譴責,中方回應:勿干涉內政,新聞自由不是免罪牌(Int’l community criticizes forced closure of Apple Daily; Beijing warns: Don't interfere with internal affairs, press freedom is not a free pass)
The News Lens, June 24, 2021

‘The blackest day’: Apple Daily’s demise comes as no surprise
The Guardian, June 23, 2021

Why are Hong Kong academics quitting newspaper columns, and what’s the fear over new ‘red lines’? Three words: national security law
South China Morning Post, June 24, 2021

Hong Kong scholar quits writing newspaper column amid ‘very poor’ political climate
Hong Kong Free Press, June 24, 2021

Education chief rejects ‘political propaganda’ in schools after teacher reportedly suspended over Apple Daily
Hong Kong Free Press, June 24, 2021

Police fired pepper balls at Tong Ying-kit’s speeding motorbike, court hears
Stand News, June 24, 2021

當局向2萬多名功能界別選民發信 或不再符合原有資格(Electoral office notifies more than 20,000 functional constituency electors they may be disqualified under the new election system)
Radio Television Hong Kong, June 24, 2021

HK 'can cope with security cases'
The Standard, June 24, 2021

Hong Kong’s human rights record worsened sharply in 2020 – database
Hong Kong Free Press, June 24, 2021