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, August 09, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China Stops Issuing New Passports, Slaps Entry, Exit Curbs on Citizens
Radio Free Asia, August 6, 2021

Alibaba Suspends Employees After Rape Accusation

The New York Times, August 9, 2021

山西临汾教会九人被捕 多年抗拒加入三自教会(9 house church members are arrested in Linfen, Shanxi for refusing to join state-controlled church)
Radio Free Asia, August 9, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China Imposes Mandarin-Language Teaching on Kindergartens in Ethnic Minority, Rural Areas
Radio Free Asia, August 6, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Wolf vs panda: is China at a crossroads over how to spread its global message?
South China Morning Post, August 8, 2021

Growling Back at the West
China Media Project, August 8, 2021

Australia flags democracies’ trade swing from China to India
Associated Press, August 9, 2021

不满北京贸易霸凌,澳大利亚拟以印度“完美取代”中国(Dissatisfied with Beijing's trade bullying, Australia to replace China with India)
Voice of America, August 9, 2021

众议院外委会共和党人有关新冠病毒起源和武汉病毒所的调查报告(全文翻译)(Full text translation of House Foreign Affairs Committee Minority Staff report on the origins of Covid-19 and Wuhan Institute of Virology)
Voice of America, August 7, 2021

The Origins of Covid-19: An Investigation of the Wuhan Institute of Virology
U.S. House Foreign Affairs committee, August 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

There’s a religious revival going on in China – under the constant watch of the Communist Party
The Conversation, August 6, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Intercept, August 4, 2021

中国要建7亿男性基因库震惊世界,美科学刊物众编委怒而辞职(China to build DNA collection of all 700 million males; 8 editorial board members of American scientific publication resign in anger)
Voice of America, August 7, 2021

北京检方就微信“青春模式”对腾讯提起诉讼(Beijing prosecutors indict Tencent over WeChat’s “Youth Model”)
Voice of America, August 7, 2021

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

Attacks on foreign journalists in China cast shadow over Beijing’s upcoming Olympics
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, August 7, 2021

All eyes on Beijing Winter Games as 'most challenging' Olympics close
Agence France-Presse, August 9, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Every nominee for Hong Kong election committee will have past words, deeds, interviews probed – Chief Sec.
Hong Kong Free Press, August 7, 2021

Establishment-leaning Hong Kong education group registers for Election Committee polls, vows to break opposition ‘monopoly’
South China Morning Post, August 9, 2021

From Olympians to tycoons and filmmakers, who are the ‘patriotic sector’ voters of Hong Kong’s powerful Election Committee?
South China Morning Post, August 7, 2021

香港民研:逾半人不認識新選制 鍾劍華:真係冇辦法認為呢個係一個選舉(Survey shows over half of respondents are unfamiliar with the revamped election system; academic: Hard to consider this an election), August 6, 2021

“We Hongkongers Survey” press conference on the theme “Election Committee Elections under the New Election System” cum mini-policy forum
Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, August 6, 2021

Hong Kong man accused of displaying ‘seditious’ posters to threaten judges in national security case, bail denied
Hong Kong Free Press, August 9, 2021

Hong Kong Democratic Party vice-chairman Lee Wing-tat leaves for London, will not return ‘within short period of time’
South China Morning Post, August 7, 2021

Hong Kong minister signals path to adopting China anti-sanctions law
Reuters, August 8, 2021

Hong Kong’s RTHK to partner with state-owned China Media Group, air more mainland China-produced shows, city leader says
South China Morning Post, August 9, 2021

Hong Kong Arts Development Council members quit after Chinese state media attacks
Hong Kong Free Press, August 9, 2021

No evidence Hong Kong’s largest teachers’ union breached national security law, says top adviser to leader
South China Morning Post, August 7, 2021

【專訪】製作裁判法院示威案資料庫 年輕律師結合民間力量 填補香港歷史空白(Young lawyers compile database of 2019 protests-related Magistrates' Court cases)
Stand News, August 7, 2021

《香港裁判法院示威案件判例匯編》(Compendium Project)
Compendium Project, August 7, 2021

‘UK not doing enough to support those fleeing Hong Kong, advocacy group says
The Guardian, August 8, 2021

‘Employers seem baffled by this visa’: Hongkongers who have fled to UK
The Guardian, August 8, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong district councils: The rule of law and the rule of Carrie Lam
Hong Kong Free Press, August 7, 2021

China’s Growing Censorship Is Training the Public to Be Online Snitches
Foreign Policy, August 8, 2021

China’s soft technology power is as important as its physical hardware that launches rockets
South China Morning Post, August 9, 2021

China: Authorities must immediately release imprisoned Changsha Funeng staff
Amnesty International, August 6, 2021

Germany must stop deportation of Chinese Activist Liu Bing
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, August 6, 2021