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, December 13, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uyghur genocide report ‘deeply disturbing,’ says UN
Agence France-Presse, December 13, 2021

US sanctions Chinese AI firm SenseTime, Xinjiang officials, citing human rights abuses
South China Morning Post, December 11, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China places lawyers, activists under house arrest on Human Rights Day
Radio Free Asia, December 10, 2021

Jailed Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan explains motivations in pre-arrest videos
South China Morning Post, December 11, 2021

广西维权律师陈家鸿律师煽颠案将于2021年12月14日上午开庭宣判(Guangxi Human Rights lawyer Chen Jiahong's incitement case will be tried on December 14, 2021)
Weiquanwang, December 13, 2021

天津公开退党第一人、维权人士张兰英涉嫌“寻衅滋事”案将于2021年12月17日在天津市南开区法院开庭审理(Rights activist Zhang Lanying—the first person in Tianjin to quit the CPC—will be tried at Nankai District Court, Tianjin, for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" on December 13)
Weiquanwang, December 13, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

International media watchdog digs into the ‘great leap backwards’ of journalism in China
GlobalVoices, December 10, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

欧盟驻华代表团国际人权日发表声明 关切中国人权问题( On International Human Rights Day, EU delegation to China issues statement of concern over China's human rights problems)
Radio Free China, December 13, 2021

Statement of the EU Delegation to China on the International Human Rights Day
Delegation of the European Union to China, December 10, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Douban punished for weak censorship, pulled from app stores
SupChina, December 10, 2021

Alibaba Fires Female Employee Who Accused Then-Supervisor of Sexual Assault
The Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 7 others get jail sentences ranging from 4½ to 14 months over banned Tiananmen Square vigil
South China Morning Post, December 13, 2021

‘Systemic erasure of history’: Hong Kong activists convicted over banned Tiananmen Massacre vigil deliver defiant mitigation pleas
Hong Kong Free Press, December 13, 2021

Hong Kong elections: covert ‘foreign agents’ in city could undermine Legislative Council poll, No 2 official John Lee warns
South China Morning Post, December 11, 2021

【立法會爭位】中大民調:33% 受訪市民表明不投票 較答「一定會」多(CUHK survey shows 33% of respondents say they will not vote, more than those who say they "will definitely vote")
Stand News, December 13, 2021

港駐倫敦經貿辦去信《星期日泰晤士報》 斥社論失實 籲杯葛選舉違法(Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London sends letter to Sunday Times accusing its editorial urging people not to vote of lacking factual basis and breaching the law)
Stand News, December 11, 2021

China shows its true colours — and they’re not pretty
The Sunday Times, December 5, 2021

Commentary (评论)

Why China Is Freaking Out Over Biden’s Democracy Summit
Foreign Policy, December 10, 2021

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam should take Legco election voter turnout seriously
South China Morning Post, December 13, 2021

Students and teachers are running away from Hong Kong’s ‘patriotic’ education
Hong Kong Free Press, December 11, 2021