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, November 04, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

欧洲议会代表团见蔡英文 北京警告不要发出错误信号(European Parliament delegation meets Tsai Ing-wen; Beijing warns against sending false signals)
Deutsche Welle, November 4, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

法新社:中国对前领导人性丑闻进行网络封锁审查(Agence France-Presse: China censors information on former leader’s sex scandal)
Radio France Internationale, November 4, 2021

彭帅被删微博全文 (Full Text of Peng Shuai’s censored Weibo post)
Vision China Times, November 4, 2021

Excerpt (translation by HRIC):

"About three years ago, you, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, had retired. You contacted me through Dr. Liu of the Tianjin Tennis Center to ask me to play tennis in the Kangming Building in Beijing. After playing in the morning, you and your wife Kang Jie together took me to your home. Then I was taken into a room at your home, and, just like more than ten years ago in Tianjin, you want to have sex with me.

“I was very scared that afternoon. I didn't expect it to be like this. A person stood guard outside. No one could possibly believe that a wife would agree to this. . . . "

"It is true that I have no evidence; and it is impossible to preserve evidence. After that, you kept denying it. But it is a fact you liked me first; otherwise I wouldn't have been able to contact you. That afternoon, I didn't give my consent and kept crying . . . .

"You have said that you are not afraid. But I will tell the truth about you—even if it is like an egg hitting a rock, or a moth flying into the flame."

Access to Justice (司法公正)

异议人士王爱忠被囚逾五个月坚持无罪 妻子促政府放人(Five months in detention, dissident Wang Aizhong insists on innocence; wife urges his release)
Radio Free Asia, November 4, 2021

无国界记者敦促中国立即释放狱中生命堪忧公民记者张展(Reporters Without Borders urges China to immediately release citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, whose life hangs in the balance)
Voice of America, November 4, 2021

China: RSF urges for release of Covid-19 reporter who faces impending death
Reporters Without Borders, November 3, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China-EU relations: Lithuania says its rocky ties with Beijing are a ‘wake-up call’ for Europe
Reuters, November 4, 2021

Chinese People Think China Is Popular Overseas. Americans Disagree.
The Diplomat, November 4, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Aukus in sights as UN backs China on peaceful transfers of new security tech
South China Morning Post, November 4, 2021

China’s tech and finance crackdown is a challenge to western ideas that cuts across developing world
The Conversation, November 4, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s top court declares unlawful some aspects of ‘joint enterprise’ rule for rioting, illegal assembly cases in landmark judgment
South China Morning Post, November 4, 2021

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China Judiciary, November 4, 2021

黎智英等3人涉去年六四集會案 法官裁定案件表證成立(Jimmy Lai, Gwyneth Ho, Chow Hang-tung to stand trial on charges of unauthorized 2020 June Fourth gathering)
Radio Television Hong Kong, November 4, 2021

民主派初選47人案|馮達浚高院申保釋被拒(Bail denied for Frankie Fung, one of the 47 pro-democracy figures charged under National Security Law)
Ming Pao, November 4, 2021

賢學思政、光城者涉串謀煽動顛覆案 朱慧盈續准保釋 另10人續還押(Only 1 o 11 Student Politicism and Returning Valiant members charged with conspiracy to incite subversion—Jessica Chu—is granted bail)
Ming Pao, November 4, 2021

Five members of pro-establishment New People’s Party to enter Hong Kong’s legislative race in Dec
Hong Kong Free Press, November 4, 2021

Who is a Hong Konger? The US government has one of the widest definitions
Quartz, November 4, 2021

Commentary (评论)

China: Release jailed Wuhan activist ‘close to death’ after hunger strike
Amnesty International, November 4, 2021

世界不应坐视报道疫情的张展陨命狱中(The world should not sit back and just watch Zhang Zhan, who reported the Covid-19 in Wuhan, died in prison)
Ciivil Rights & Livelihood Watch, November 2, 2021