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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

China Digital Times, September 28, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Police in China's Guangdong Move to Arrest Rights Lawyer Zhou Xiaoyun
Radio Free Asia, September 28, 2021

女权人士李翘楚案进展通报(2021年9月29日) (Case update on women's rights activist Li Qiaochu: Bail request denied; prosecutors ask Linyi public security bureau for additional investigation)
Weiquanwang, September 29, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

China draws up plan to bring algorithms under state control in sign of tightened censorship
South China Morning Post, September 29, 2021

关于印发《关于加强互联网信息服务算法综合治理的指导意见》的通知 (Notice on publication of the “Guidance of Enhanced Comprehensive Governance of Internet Information Services Algorithms”)
Cyberspace Administration of China, September 29, 2021

Microsoft’s LinkedIn censors US journalist over China content, makes ‘disturbing offer’ for reinstatement
Hong Kong Free Press, September 29, 2021

Counterterrorism (反恐)

China: removing ‘Arab-style’ features from country’s biggest mosques the latest move in campaign of Muslim assimilation
The Conversation, September 29, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

How the Huawei Case Raised Fears of ‘Hostage Diplomacy’ by China

The New York Times, September 29, 2021

欧盟呼吁中国恢复人权对话 双边会议谈及台湾 (EU urges China to resume human rights dialogue, discusses Taiwan issue during China-EU high-level strategic dialogue)

中国煤价暴涨电荒持续,当局表示要把保障供电当成最重要政治任务 (As coal costs rise and power shortage continues, China prioritizes securing power supply as key political task)
Voice of America, September 29, 2021

China and Evergrande Ascended Together. Now One Is About to Fall.

The New York Times, September 29, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Is China exporting its surveillance state to Venezuela?
GlobalVoices, September 28, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Insulting Chinese national flag on the internet now illegal in Hong Kong – violators face up to 3 years prison
Hong Kong Free Press, September 29, 2021

Another 10 Hong Kong district councillors ousted after being grilled on opposition election primary, protest slogans
South China Morning Post, September 29, 2021

National security: Hong Kong lawmakers raise concerns about ‘covert’ groups, urge gov’t to review existing law
Hong Kong Free Press, September 29, 2021

National security police freeze all assets of Hong Kong group behind annual Tiananmen vigil
South China Morning Post, September 29, 2021

1989 Tiananmen Massacre online museum blocked in Hong Kong, three weeks after police raid physical site
Hong Kong Free Press, September 29, 2021

支聯會拒交資料案 常委梁錦威陳多偉高院申保釋遭拒(Two Hong Kong Alliance committee members, Simon Leung and Chan Dor-wai, are denied bail again over failure to provide information requested by national security police), September 29, 2021

Hong Kong journalists at public broadcaster RTHK told they must uphold ‘constitutional order’ in new set of editorial guidelines
South China Morning Post, September 29, 2021

How Hong Kong Censors Films in the Name of National Security
The New York Times, September 28, 2021

Apple Daily: Hong Kong finance chief asks court to wind up Next Digital citing the ‘public interest’
Hong Kong Free Press, September 29, 2021

National security law: bail denied for Hong Kong schoolgirl and 6 others charged with subversion under Beijing-imposed legislation
South China Morning Post, September 29, 2021

警方國安處再起訴「光城者」7成員 涉串謀煽動顛覆國家政權(National security police officially charge 7 members of "Returning Valiant" with "inciting subversion of state power")
Ming Pao, September 29, 2021

【賢學思政案】王逸戰陳枳森再申保釋被拒 還柙至11.3再訊(Two Student Politicism members, Wong Yat-chin and Chan Chi-sum, charged under national security law are denied bail again; case adjourned until Nov. 3), September 29, 2021

3人認旺角警署外暴動分囚34月、27月、入教導所 官:3被告無帶領角色(Three sentenced to 34 months, 27 months, and correctional center, respectively, for rioting outside Mong Kok police station in the 2019 protest)
Ming Pao, September 29, 2021

「破曉行動」3人非法集結囚12至16月 官:犯法後賣慘無補於事(Three sentenced to 12 to 16 months in prison over an unauthorized gathering in the 2019 protests)
Ming Pao, September 29, 2021

1,948宗投訴警隊 不足1%證明屬實 「懲處」皆為口頭警告(Police watchdog IPCC verifies less than 1% of 1,948 complaints against police in connection with 2019 protests; “penalties” amount to off-record verbal warning), September 28, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Abortion pledge adds to scepticism over women’s rights in China
The Guardian, September 29, 2021

Western Expats Are No Longer Safe in China
Foreign Policy, September 28, 2021