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, April 20, 2022

China's Reach (中国:内控与外扩)

China internet censors scramble as lockdown frustration sparks ‘creative’ wave of dissent
The Guardian, April 20, 2022

Shanghai police warn bereaved families of elderly COVID-19 patients not to speak out
Radio Free Asia, April 19, 2022

China’s Covid shutdowns go far beyond Shanghai.

The New York Times, April 20, 2022

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

Hong Kong opposition activist Tam Tak-chi jailed for 40 months after being found guilty on 11 charges under colonial-era sedition law
South China Morning Post, April 20, 2022

Owner of Hong Kong Telegram channel popular during 2019 protests found guilty of inciting others to commit crimes
Hong Kong Free Press, April 20, 2022

2 handed suspended 2-month sentences for inciting others to cast invalid votes in Hong Kong’s ‘patriots only’ election
Hong Kong Free Press, April 19, 2022

黎智英、鄒幸彤、李卓人、黃之鋒、何桂藍 獲15學者聯署提名諾貝爾和平獎 (Jimmy Lai, Chow Hang-tung, Lee Cheuk-yan, Joshua Wong, Gwyneth Ho nominated by 15 scholars for Nobel Peace Prize)
Ming Pao, April 20, 2022

Nominations for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize: Letter by 15 Scholars to the Peace Prize Selection Committee of the Norwegian Nobel Institute
January 28, 2022

【初選47人案】余慧明遭撤銷擔保 再上高院申保釋遭拒 (Winnie Yu, one of the 47 democrats charged with subversion, is denied bail again), April 20, 2022

茶店負責人社交帖文涉煽動意圖 高院申保釋被拒 (High Court denies bail to 2 Taiwanese drinks shop co-owners charged with sedition)
Ming Pao, April 20, 2022

光城者7人加控串謀導致爆炸交替控罪 保釋被拒6月再訊待交付高院 (Prosecution adds conspiracy to cause explosion as alternative charge for 7 “Returning Valiant” members; all are denied bail)
Ming Pao, April 20, 2022

男生拋垃圾入路軌 危及乘客安全等3罪成 官:放棄考試參與示威感痛心 (Student convicted of 3 crimes including throwing garbage into railway tracks, endangering passengers safety in the 2019 protests), April 20, 2022

数十个人权组织吁联合国人权高专中国行应达到最低标准“可信度” (Dozens of human rights groups urge UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to meet minimum standards of "credibility" of her China trip)
Radio Free Asia, April 20, 2022

Law & Policy (法律与政策)

China ratifies forced labour conventions ahead of visit by UN rights chief
South China Morning Post, April 20, 2022

港懲教軟硬兼施「去激化」反修例囚犯 (Correctional Services Department uses various approaches to "de-radicalize" anti-ELAB prisoners)
Ming Pao, April 20, 2022

妇女权益保障法大修,如何让“防拐条款”长出“牙齿”? (Overhaul of the Law on the Protection of Women's Rights and Interests: How to make the "anti-trafficking clause" grow "teeth"?)
China News, April 20, 2022

最高检:严厉打击养老诈骗犯罪 加大追诉力度 (Supreme People’s Procuratorate: Severely crack down on, step up prosecution of pension fraud)
China News, April 20, 2022

Current Topics (热门话题)

Shanghai’s Low Covid Death Toll Revives Questions About China’s Numbers
The New York Times, April 20, 2022

Veteran mainland Chinese diplomat installed as deputy director of Beijing’s top office overseeing Hong Kong affairs
South China Morning Post, April 20, 2022

Hong Kong says voters only have one option in 'elections' for city's next leader
Radio Free Asia, April 19, 2022

特首選舉|競選辦頻道被YouTube引美制裁令停用 李家超:美制裁是無理霸凌行為、刻意施壓 (YouTube cites U.S. sanctions to shut John Lee’s election campaign channel; Lee: U.S. sanctions are unreasonable bullying and deliberate pressure)
Ming Pao, April 20, 2022

特首選舉|Meta:李家超可續用facebook、Instagram 惟禁涉收費服務 (Meta: John Lee can continue to use Facebook, Instagram, but prohibited from paid services)
Ming Pao, April 20, 2022

Commentary & Analysis (评论与分析)

China: Credibility of UN Human Rights Chief’s Visit at Risk
Human Rights Watch, April 19, 2022

The crackdown on trade unions in Hong Kong: what response from responsible investors?
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, April 19, 2022

Opinion: Why Hong Kong’s prisoners of conscience deserve the Nobel Peace Prize
The Washington Post, April 19, 2022

China and Russia Are Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name

The New York Times, April 19, 2022