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, January 07, 2022

Access to Information (公众知情权)

China’s online nationalists turn paranoia into clickbait
The Economist, January 8, 2022

议论疫情多名中国网民被捕 涉传播西安谣言一官员遭免职(Netizens are detained for discussing the COVID surge in Xi’an; local official is dismissed for spreading rumors)
Radio Free Asia, January 7, 2022

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China and America prepare for a human-rights showdown at the UN
The Economist, January 8, 2022

China’s propaganda machine is embracing a new slogan to entrench Xi Jinping’s status
South China Morning Post, January 6, 2022

福布斯:中国疫情死亡数据极不靠谱 缺乏研究价值(Forbes: China's COVID death data is extremely unreliable, lacks research value)
Voice of America, January 7, 2022

Related:
Part 1: Beijing Is Intentionally Underreporting China’s Covid Death Rate
Forbes, Jan 2, 2022

Part 2: Beijing Is Intentionally Underreporting China’s Covid Death Rate
Forbes, Jan 5, 2022

Japan and U.S. vow more defence cooperation to counter Chinese threat
Reuters, January 7, 2022

Related:
Joint Statement of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee ("2+2")
U.S. Department of Defense, January 6, 2022

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China tech crackdown: fresh antitrust fines on Alibaba and Tencent signal continued scrutiny in 2022
South China Morning Post, January 6, 2022

无惧海康威视“霸凌” 美调查机构称将继续曝光其无良作为(No fear of Hikvision’s "bullying," U.S. investigative agency says it will continue to expose its unethical practices)
Voice of America, January 7, 2022

台湾发现小米手机审查政治敏感字汇 恐有回传信息疑虑(Taiwan finds Xiaomi phones censor politically sensitive words, fears information retrieval)
Radio Free Asia, January 7, 2022

Hong Kong (香港)

Covid-19: Quarantine for 170 guests at Chinese official’s b’day party, inc. 13 senior Hong Kong officials & 19 lawmakers
Hong Kong Free Press, January 7, 2022

Related:
高官赴百人慶生宴須隔離 醫學會蔡堅:不准百姓點燈 (Quarantine of senior officials who attended banquet; Dr. Choi Kin of Hong Kong Medical Association: [Officials could do whatever they want while] ordinary people are restricted in their normal activities)
inmedia.hk, January 7, 2022

One year on, Hong Kong activist priest stages rare silent sit-in urging release of detained democrats
Hong Kong Free Press, January 7, 2022

China crushes Hong Kong’s independent news outlets
The Economist, January 8, 2022

港记泪别《立场新闻》《众新闻》:记者身份不死 (Hong Kong reporters’ tearful goodbye to Stand News, Citizen News: Journalists’ status shall live on)
Deutsche Welle, January 7, 2022

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uyghurs in Turkey file legal complaint against Chinese camps
Uyghur Times, January 4, 2022

Related:
新疆:土耳其一律师团在伊斯坦布尔状告习近平等112中国官员 (Xinjiang: Turkish lawyers sue 112 Chinese officials, including Xi Jinping, in Istanbul court)
Radio France Internationale, January 5, 2022

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Holiday repression signals dire year for human rights in China in 2022
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, January 6, 2022

Access to Information (公众知情权)

Xi'an authorities ban 'negative' lockdown posts, photos or video on social media
Radio Free Asia, January 5, 2022

Related:
LOCKDOWN VOICES: PAIN, HUNGER, AND A JOURNALIST DETERMINED TO SPEAK THE TRUTH IN XI’AN
China Digital Times, January 5, 2022

“绝望至极后希望生” 中国人权律师在暗夜中坚持 (From despair to hope—Chinese human rights lawyers persist in dark times)
Radio Free Asia, January 6, 2022

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

西安封城激起的民愤在中国蔓延(Mass outrage aroused by closure of Xi'an is spreading in China)
The Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2022

獨立記者的西安版「方方日記」:所有人都低估了封城將帶來的災難 (Independent journalist’s report on Xi’an: Everyone underestimated the disaster that would result from lockdown)
The New Lens, January 6, 2022

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Beijing’s New Year's resolutions for tech
Protocol, January 5, 2022

As Beijing Takes Control, Chinese Tech Companies Lose Jobs and Hope
企业裁员、就业市场降温:监管重创中国互联网行业

The New York Times, January 6, 2022

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Answers to Some Big Questions
关于北京冬奥会的重要疑问以及回答

The New York Times, January 6, 2022

人权组织批国际奥委会不愿就新疆强迫劳动问题进行对话(Human rights organization slams IOC for ignoring dialogue request on forced labor in Xinjiang)
Voice of America, January 6, 2022

Hong Kong (香港)

《立場》案後至少六家網媒停運或終止新聞工作 (After Stand News, at least six online media outlets have suspended operations or terminated news reporting)
inmedia.hk, January 6, 2022

Work as usual, then tears as Hong Kong’s Citizen News bids farewell
Hong Kong Free Press, January 6, 2022

《明報》觀點版新增編按:絕無意圖煽動憎恨 (Ming Pao adds editor’s note on opinion page: No intention to incite hatred)
inmedia.hk, January 6, 2022

香港學生正蜂擁至加拿大留學 (Hong Kong students are flocking to study in Canada)
inmedia.hk, January 6, 2022

Top Beijing official in Hong Kong lays out 5 expectations for new lawmakers in unprecedented meeting
South China Morning Post, January 5, 2022

Commentary (评论)

Crimes Ordinance Sedition versus Hong Kong’s National Security Law: different legal tools, same outcome?
The China Collection, January 6, 2022

Excerpt:
The use of the sedition provision is also part of a larger strategy by the government to diversify its national security toolkit: the Stand News arrests show that the government wants to move away from using the heavy artillery of the NSL in all cases, and instead wants to use different legal and criminal tools for different circumstances.

This diversification of the national security toolkit will be a key part of the government’s strategy in 2022: Chief Executive Carrie Lam has made clear that Basic Law Article 23 national security legislation will be a key priority for the new year. Once that legislation is completed, the government will have an entire new set of national security laws that can be used to threaten, intimidate, or jail its political opponents. It can save the NSL itself for only the most high-priority targets.

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uyghurs in Turkey file criminal complaint against Chinese officials
Reuters, January 5, 2022

Access to Information (公众知情权)

转载|江雪:长安十日(Repost|Jiang Xue: Ten Days in Chang'an)
NGOCN, January 4, 2022

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China rolls out new regulation to rein in algorithms used on apps as Beijing continues to clip wings of Big Tech firms
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2022

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

Faced With Questions About Forced Labor in China, the I.O.C. Is Tight-Lipped
面对中国人权质疑,一个保持沉默的国际奥委会

New York Times, January 5, 2022

Olympic Committee Becomes Latest Target of Critics of Treatment of Uyghurs
Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2022

Related:
华尔街日报称:国际奥委会成维吾尔族人权组织发难目标 (Wall Street Journal: ICO is target of Uyghur human rights organization)
Radio France Internationale, January 5, 2022

Hong Kong (香港)

Online platform Mad Dog Daily shuts down, becoming second Hong Kong media outlet to fold after Stand News arrests
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2022

網站公告 (inmedia.hk, online news outlet, disables public submission function)
inmedia.hk, January 4, 2022

《立場》前董事吳靄儀入稟要求警方歸還部分檢取資料 禁查閱取用 (Former board member of defunct Stand News files for return of, access ban to materials seized by police)
inmedia.hk, January 5, 2022

Incumbent president of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Andrew Leung re-elected unopposed
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2022

Commentary (评论)

第四權 (The fourth estate)
Ming Pao, January 5, 2022

Excerpt:
新聞自由的環境跟過去已大不相同,大家都心裏有數。太多的「不確定性」,令人如履薄冰,如果說新聞界沒有擔憂,相信只是自欺欺人。(The environment for press freedom is very different from the past, and everyone knows it well. Too much "uncertainty" is making people walk on thin ice. To say the press does not have to worry is, I believe, just deceiving ourselves.)

2022年的命運 (Our fate in 2022)
Ming Pao, January 5, 2022

Excerpt:
躺平、沉默都會引來責難,看來這就是香港人在2022年的命運。(Even lying flat and staying silent will invite censure: this is the fate of the Hong Kong people in 2022)

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Xinjiang (新疆)

New Xinjiang party chief pledges to follow President Xi Jinping’s policy on the sensitive region
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2021

Access to Justice (司法公正)

One Free Press Coalition spotlights rising imprisonment of journalists in China
Deustche Welle, January 3, 2022

CHRISTMAS AS USUAL: CCP DETAINS HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
China Digital Times, December 30, 2021

Concerns grow for health of rights lawyer, dissident detained in Xiamen crackdown
Radio Free Asia, December 27, 2021

Counterterrorism (反恐)

Confronting China’s International Counterterror Regime: Pay Attention to the SCO
The Diplomat, December 28, 2021

Government Accountability (政府问责)

新冠溯源:从自然来源论向实验室泄露论的转折是如何完成的?(Covid-19 origin probe: From nature to laboratory leaks)
Radio France Internationale, January 3, 2022

Even in secret, China’s leaders speak in code
The Economist, January 1, 2022

The Chinese Communist Party’s Big Year
Foreign Policy, December 28, 2021

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

美媒:中国网监触角伸向国外 用数据分析工具压制网上异见声音(U.S. media: Chinese Internet surveillance tentacles reach abroad, using data analysis tools to suppress online dissent)
Voice of America, January 1, 2022

Related:
China harvests masses of data on Western targets, documents show
The Washington Post, December 31, 2021

年终报道:中国是全球新冠虚假信息攻势的领头者(Year-end summary: China is frontrunner of global Covid-19 disinformation offensive)
Voice of America, December 31, 2021

China’s cybersecurity watchdog unveils two-month campaign to stamp out social media manipulation as part of industry crackdown
South China Morning Post, December 24, 2021

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (2022北京冬奥)

What Is the I.O.C. Doing About Forced Labour in China? It Won't Say.
The New York Times, January 4, 2022

Global Imams Council prohibits Muslims from competing in, attending Beijing Winter Olympics
Armenian News-NEWS.am, January 3, 2022

Related:
GIC STATEMENT ON THE 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS
The Global Imams Council, December 30, 2021

全球伊玛目理事会发声明抵制北京冬奥 (Global Imams Council issue statement on boycotting Beijing Winter Olympics)
Deutsche Welle, January 2, 2022

Human Rights Watch Germany asks IOC chief Bach to resign
Netherlandsnewslive.com, January 3, 2022

Tory peer to lead boycott of Coca-Cola over role in Beijing Winter Olympics
The Guardian, January 2, 2022

Japan says ‘no plans’ for gov’t officials to attend Beijing Olympics, calls on China to respect human rights
Agence France-Presse, December 24, 2021

Hong Kong (香港)

Tiananmen vigil: Hong Kong activist jailed for 10 extra months following second incitement conviction over banned June 4 gatherings
South China Morning Post, January 4, 2022

Related:
煽惑六四集結罪成 鄒幸彤:無論法庭如何審判我的文字 都不是停止寫作的理由 (Chow Hang-tung, convicted of inciting June Fourth assembly: How the court judges my words is not a reason to stop writing)
Inmedia.hk, January 4, 2022

Stand News closes, content deleted following arrests and police raid; Chief Sec. slams ‘evil elements’
Hong Kong Free Press, December 29, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong police chief says more Stand News arrests possible
South China Morning Post, January 1, 2022

早報:《立場新聞》鍾沛權和林紹桐申請保釋被拒,何韻詩等四人獲保釋(Stand News senior staffs Chung Pui-kuen and Patrick Lam are denied bail, four former board members are granted bail)
Initium Media, December 31, 2021

《立場》英國分社停運 楊天帥辭任分社主任(Stand News UK branch halts operations; UK officer Yeung Tin Shui resigns)
inmedia.hk, December 30, 2021

《立場新聞》已移除網站及社交專頁內容(Stand News removes all website and social media content)
Radio Television Hong Kong, December 30, 2021

Hong Kong’s Citizen News to close citing fears for staff safety
The Guardian, January 3, 2022

Related:
《眾新聞》宣布後日停運:身在風眼,須確保船上人平安 (Citizen News announces suspension Jan 4: In the eye of the storm, we must ensure safety of people on board)
inmedia.hk, January 2, 2022

How Beijing Has Muted Hong Kong's Independent Media
The New York Times, January 3, 2022

Hong Kong's Lam: Media closures unrelated to press freedom
The Washington Post, January 4, 2022

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and ex-Apple Daily journalists face additional charge over ‘seditious publications’
Hong Kong Free Press, December 28, 2021

Hong Kong protests: 5 convicted of rioting, resisting police during clashes on National Day in 2019
South China Morning Post, December 31, 2021

Lawmakers in Hong Kong new ‘patriots-only’ legislature sworn in by Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Hong Kong Free Press, January 3, 2022

New rule kicks in for Hong Kong schools to hold regular flag-raising ceremonies, some campuses seek training help from police
South China Morning Post, January 3, 2022

Pro-Beijing teachers’ group in Hong Kong granted vacant school premises to set up centre for patriotic, national education
South China Morning Post, December 28, 2021

Commentary (评论)

煽動苛法無邊 傳媒岌岌可危 (Boundless harsh incitement laws pose imminent danger to media)
Ming Pao, January 4, 2022

2021年香港回顾:那些年让港人耳熟能詳的人、物、事 (2021 Hong Kong in Review: People and things once familiar to the Hong Kong people)
BBC, December 31, 2021

Speed of Stand News shutdown sends chilling signal to Hong Kong’s media
The Guardian, December 29, 2021

Related:
Hong Kong: Downward spiral for press freedom continues after arrests
Amnesty International, December 29, 2021

In 2022, The World Must Hold China to Account for Genocide
The Diplomat, December 31, 2021

【网络文摘】方方亲笔撰文:我为什么不发声了[Fang Fang: Why I don't speak out anymore)
Radio France Internationale, December 31, 2021

Why So Many Democracies Are Floundering
民主国家面临的最大困境是什么?

The New York Times, December 30, 2021