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, February 09, 2022

China's Reach (中国:内控与外扩)

Is the deglobalisation writing on the wall? How China is reversing cultural openness with the West
South China Morning Post, February 9, 2022

Chinese microblogging service Weibo deletes over 41,000 posts for ‘creating trouble’ during Beijing Winter Olympics, asks users to keep calm when commenting on the games
South China Morning Post, February 9, 2022

Hong Kong civil servants will need national security training to pass probation or be promoted, official says
Hong Kong Free Press, February 9, 2022

中国防疫措施升级 违反防控规定多人被拘留(As China escalates epidemic prevention and control measures, many people are detained in name of violation )
Radio Free Asia, February 8, 2022

大型视频网站审核员过劳猝死引发网络热议(Large video site auditor's sudden death from overwork sparks heated debate on Internet)
Radio Free Asia, February 9, 2022

B站向猝死员工家属道歉 拟年内扩招千名审核员(Bilibili apologizes to families of employees who died suddenly, plans to recruit thousands of content moderators within year)
Caixin, February 9, 2022

Human Rights Defenders & Civil Society (人权捍卫者与公民社会)

21 nations condemn Hong Kong press freedom crackdown and closure of news outlets
Hong Kong Free Press, February 9, 2022

Media Freedom Coalition Statement on Closure of Media Outlets in Hong Kong
U.S. Department of State, February 8, 2022

回應媒體自由聯盟 中國駐英使館:國安法下香港新聞自由獲更好保障(Chinese embassy in UK responds to Media Freedom Coalition statement: Hong Kong’s press freedom is better protected under National Security Law)
Ming Pao, February 9, 2022

Security law: Hong Kong court again adjourns hearing on legal disputes in 47 democrats’ subversion case
Hong Kong Free Press, February 9, 2022

Hong Kong protests: former student leader detained ahead of sentencing on charges of resisting arrest, perverting justice
South China Morning Post, February 9, 2022

Law & Policy (法律与政策)

The Chinese Legislature’s Hidden Agenda
The Diplomat, February 9, 2022

“For about a decade, China’s national legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), made real improvements to its transparency. . . . In the past two years, however, the legislature has appeared increasingly tempted to embrace the secrecy afforded by the Great Hall of the People. It has been withholding legislative drafts at a greater frequency – five in 2020-2021 alone versus five total during 2015-2019. It has also started to hide certain bills on its legislative agenda from the public until shortly before or, worse, until after their adoption. This practice not only departs from the legislature’s transparency norm, but is also at odds with the party-state’s legal reform agenda and recent official rhetoric on China’s political system.”

Current Topics (热门话题)

Bearing an Olympic Torch, and a Politically Loaded Message

The New York Times, February 8, 2022

China’s dismal human rights record casts a shadow over the Winter Olympics

PBS Newshour, February 8, 2022

Beijing sells troubled Xinjiang as a winter sports paradise
Agence France-Presse, February 9, 2022

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai's interview leaves unanswered questions
Deustche Welle, February 8, 2022

Commentary & Analysis (评论与分析)

China: Imprisoned Tibetan Monk’s Health in Peril
Human Rights Watch, February 9, 2022