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.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

陈紫娟(常玮平妻子):常玮平律师所遭受酷刑情况的汇总通报 (Chen Zijuan, wife of lawyer Chang Weiping, on torture suffered by her husband)
Weiquanwang, September 17, 2021

The Chinese government should have investigated a lawyer’s torture allegations, not tortured him again
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, September 16, 2021

余文生妻再遭限制出门 忧丈夫健康问题未改善 (Wife of Yu Wensheng is barred from leaving home, fears husband's worsening condition)
Deutsche Welle, September 19, 2021

记者无疆界等NGO致信习近平 呼吁释放张展 (Reporters Without Borders with 44 other NGOs urge the release of Zhang Zhan in letter to Xi Jinping)
Deutsche Welle, September 17, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China accuses US of ‘low political tricks’ over Uygur exhibit
Reuters, September 17, 2021

人权团体呼吁联合国大会采取行动 解决新疆人权危机 (Human rights groups urge UN General Assembly to take action to address Xinjiang's human rights crisis)
Voice of America, September 18, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China getting worse on suppression, tech issues a threat: Pelosi
Reuters, September 17, 2021

China is becoming more assertive in international legal disputes
The Economist, September 18, 2021

China applies to join Pacific trade pact to boost economic clout
Reuters, September 17, 2021

Inquiry finds World Bank officials, including now-I.M.F. chief, pushed staff to inflate China data.

The New York Times, September 17, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s Big Tech platforms face more responsibility in ‘cyberspace civilisation’ push that seeks more online control
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021

Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations
The Diplomat, September 16, 2021

China’s tech regulator orders smart vehicle makers and telecom operators to enhance data and network security
South China Morning Post, September 16, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s High Court adjourns Jimmy Lai application to restore his Next Digital voting rights, ruling he should first take up the matter with the government
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong ex-lawmaker Ray Chan released on HK$100k bail ahead of security law trial
Hong Kong Free Press, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong protests: activist Figo Chan, already jailed over role in 3 unauthorised assemblies, will plead guilty to a fourth
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong elections: why did Beijing order the city’s tycoons and ultra loyalists to take to the streets?
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021

'Oath-taking first priority for council'
The Standard, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong Tiananmen Massacre group vanishes from internet after police demand; 11 years of Victoria Park vigil vids deleted
Hong Kong Free Press, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions in process of disbanding, vice-chair confirms
Hong Kong Free Press, September 17, 2021

Hong Kong Hospital Authority union denies gov’t allegation it broke law
Hong Kong Free Press, September 17, 2021

【7.1 闖立會案】劉頴匡擬認暴動罪 鄒家成等擬不認罪 2023 年 5 月答辯開審(Ventus Lau plans to plead guilty, Owen Chow not guilty to rioting over storming of Legislative Council Complex in 2019; both are among the 47 pro-democracy figures charged under National Security Law)
Stand News, September 16, 2021

Uni jumps on security bandwagon
The Standard, September 17, 2021

Blinken deletes tweet saying US would ‘stand with people of Hong Kong’, posts watered-down version
South China Morning Post, September 17, 2021