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.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

蔡英文:台湾绝不接受一国两制也不在未来选项中 (Tsai Ing-wen: Taiwan will never accept “one country, two systems”—not an option for the future)
Radio France Internationle, August 10, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China: Canadian citizen loses appeal against death penalty
BBC News, August 10, 2021

Police in China's Shanxi Detain Nine Protestant House Church Members
Radio Free Asia, August 9, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

中国出手清理卡拉OK违规曲目 (China to remove songs deemed harmful from all Karaoke menus)
Radio Free Asia, August 10, 2021

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

向德国申请政治庇护被拒 中国异议人士恐遭遣返 (Chinese dissident fears deportation after Germany denies asylum application)
Deutsche Welle, August 10, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China recalls Lithuania ambassador in Taiwan diplomatic office row
The Guardian, August 10, 2021

Taming the wolf warrior — China’s rising aggression
Financial Times, August 10, 2021

中国三智库狠批美国抗疫失败 疫情溯源是「恐怖主义」 (3 Chinese think tanks slam U.S. for failure to fight COVID-19 pandemic, call “act of terrorism” its origin )
Radio France Internationale, August 10, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Beijing prosecutor’s public interest lawsuit against Tencent raises new concerns for China’s Big Tech sector
South China Morning Post, August 9, 2021

Another headache for Chinese Big Tech: public interest lawsuits
Protocol, August 9, 2021

Chinese internet firms’ funding should be led by Chinese investors for data security, state-owned newspaper says
South China Morning Post, August 10, 2021

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

As Activists Increase Pressure, Beijing Olympics Sponsors Remain Largely Silent
Voice of America, August 10, 2021

多数加拿大人支持抵制北京奥运 专家称柏林奥运悲剧不该重演 (Poll shows most Canadians oppose Beijing Winter Olympics; expert: There must be no repeat of the Berlin Olympics tragedy)
Radio Free Asia, August 9, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s largest teachers’ union to disband following pressure from gov’t and Chinese state media
Hong Kong Free Press, August 10, 2021

Hong Kong: Disbandment of teachers’ union signals intensifying crackdown on independent labour organizations
Amnesty International, August 10, 2021

教育局不評論教協決定 稱與名副其實教育專業團體合作(Education Bureau: No comment on PTU disbandment, will work with real education professional groups instead)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 10, 2021

馮偉華指情況惡劣看不到前景 近日作出解散決定是突然(Professional Teachers’ Union’s head Fung Wai-wah says union saw no future)
Radio Television Hong Kong, August 10, 2021

Hong Kong legislature should apply anti-sanctions law in city, depriving ‘foreign forces’ of talking point, Carrie Lam says
South China Morning Post, August 10, 2021

Multinationals in Hong Kong fear fallout from new law
Financial Times, August 9, 2021

Hong Kong police cite ‘privacy’ in refusing Access to Info request, despite appeal to redact personal info
Hong Kong Free Press, August 10, 2021

【10.13牛頭角】4 人非法集結罪成判囚 4 至 10 月 官:從旁支持罪責相同(Four sentenced to 4-10 months in jail for participating in an unauthorized assembly during the 2019 protests)
Stand News, August 9, 2021

Commentary (评论)

What next for the workers laid off from Hong Kong’s Apple Daily?
China Labour Bulletin, August 10, 2021

Should foreign judges continue to serve in Hong Kong?, August 9, 2021

Cambodia: China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Dam is a Rights Disaster
Human Rights Watch, August 10, 2021

捨小家、顧大家:安徽洩洪保江浙滬,提醒中國人要隨時做好被犧牲的準備 (Little sacrifice for a greater good: China flooding Anhui to protect the Shanghai region is a reminder that Chinese citizens should always prepare to sacrifice themselves)
The News Lens, August 10, 2021