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, December 16, 2021

Xinjiang (新疆)

What is happening in Xinjiang as 2021 draws to a close?
SupChina, December 16, 2021

Taiwan (台湾)

四项公投在即 台最新报告显示中共操弄反“莱猪”资讯引导仇美(On eve of 4 referendums, Taiwan’s latest report shows CPC manipulated information to rouse hostility toward U.S. pork imports)
Voice of America, December 16, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Dissident couple stand trial over criticism of Beijing, foreign media interviews
Radio Free Asia, December 15, 2021

著名人权律师、北京道衡律师所主任梁小军被中共当局正式吊销律师执照(License of Liang Xiaojun, well-known human rights lawyer and director of Beijing Daoheng Law Firm, is formally revoked)
Weiquanwang, December 16, 2021

Access to Information (公众知情权)

How much censorship is ‘enough’ for Beijing?
Protocol, December 15, 2021

China Digital Times, December 15, 2021

记者无疆界:越来越多的记者被任意拘押(Reporters Without Borders: Number of journalists being arbitrarily detained is rising)
Deutsche Welle, December 16, 2021

2021 Round-Up: Journalists detained, killed, held hostage and missing
Reporters Without Borders, December 15, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

英国发表网络新战略 网络部队据信会以攻为守打击中方黑客力量(UK announces new National Cyber Strategy, aimed at Chinese hacking capabilities)
Voice of America, December 16, 2021

New Blueprint to protect UK from Cyber Threats
UK government, December 15, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s internet censors are taking down top influencers for not being good enough socialists
South China Morning Post, December 16, 2021

简易版“领英”登陆中国 社交及分享功能被删除(LinkedIn relaunches simplified version in China, removing social and sharing functions)
Voice of America, December 16, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong elections: anti-graft agency charges 2 with inciting others to cast blank ballots in Legislative Council poll
South China Morning Post, December 16, 2021

Protest graffiti students acquitted by Hong Kong court over ‘unreliable’ police testimony
Hong Kong Free Press, December 16, 2021

Hong Kong gov’t and judiciary clam up after falsely claiming activist Nathan Law jumped bail
Hong Kong Free Press, December 16, 2021

Commentary (评论)

China’s Fake Twitter Accounts Are Tweeting Into the Void
Foreign Policy, December 15, 2021