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, May 23, 2022

China's Reach (中国:内控与外扩)

National security law: Hong Kong took authoritarian turn in 2021 under Beijing-imposed legislation, EU says in annual report
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2022

Hong Kong: Annual EU report on political and economic developments in 2021
European External Action Service, May 20, 2022

Martin Rogers of US law firm Davis Polk withdraws from Hong Kong national security law forum following criticism
Hong Kong Free Press, May 23, 2022

Microsoft censored sensitive Chinese search topics, even in the U.S.
Protocol, May 20, 2022

China seeks more island security pacts to boost clout in Pacific

Financial Times, May 22, 2022

提防中国:日本要求高校加强对留学生的背景审查(Beware of China: Japan asks colleges and universities to strengthen background checks on international students)
Deutsche Welle, May 23, 2022

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

Retired Catholic leader Joseph Zen, 5 others to appear before Hong Kong court over role in fund for protesters
South China Morning Post, May 23, 2022

612基金案有律師被指專業失當 律師會展開調查(Law Society launches probe into lawyers accused of professional misconduct in 612 Humanitarian Fund case)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 23, 2022

Hong Kong protests: 2 judges accused of misconduct over cases linked to 2019 unrest cleared of wrongdoing after judiciary probes
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2022

法官練錦鴻、裁判官何俊堯遭市民投訴裁不成立 張舉能提醒二人審慎(Public complaints against Judge Ernest Lin and Magistrate Stanley Ho dismissed; Chief Justice Andrew Cheung reminds them to be cautious)
Ming Pao, May 20, 2022

網媒記者擾亂公眾秩序罪成判囚1個月 官批言論惹人仇警(Online media journalist sentenced to 1 month in prison for disturbing public order; judge criticizes speech as provoking hatred against police)
Ming Pao, May 23, 2022

法院中止“煽颠”案审理 “中国人权观察”始创人徐秦恐遭长期囚禁(Court postpones for the 6th time trial of China Human Rights Watch founder Xu Qin for "inciting subversion of state power")
Radio Free Asia, May 23, 2022

The Volunteer Movement Enraging China
The Atlantic, May 21, 2022

“勿甘为奴” 上海自救自治委员会发布宣言("Don't be a slave" : Declaration of the Shanghai Self-Rescue and Autonomous Committee)
Radio Free Asia, May 23, 2022

勿甘为奴 自救自治!上海自救自治委员会宣言 (“Don’t Be a Slave, Self-Rescue and Self-Governance!”: Declaration of the Shanghai Self-Rescue and Autonomous Committee
Shanghai Self-Rescue and Autonomous Committee, May 23, 2022

Law & Policy (法律与政策)

Biden to Begin New Asia-Pacific Economic Bloc With a Dozen Allies

The New York Times, May 23, 2022

Current Topics (热门话题)

Beijing orders millions more to work from home in targeted Covid containment drive
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2022

中国疫情此起彼伏:上海尚未完全解封,北京又扩大居家办公(Ebb and flow of COVID in China: Shanghai barely reopens as Beijing expands working from home)
Voice of America, May 24, 2022

Weeks of COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai takes toll on residents' mental health
Radio Free Asia, May 20, 2022

As China Doubles Down on Lockdowns, Some Chinese Seek an Exit

The New York Times, May 22, 2022

UN human rights commissioner criticised over planned Xinjiang visit
The Guardian, May 20, 2022


U.N. Human Rights Chief to Make First Trip to China Since 2005

The New York Times, May 23, 2022

联合国人权高专巴切莱特抵华 被囚异议人士亲属求助(As UN Human Rights High Commissioner Bachelet arrives in China, relatives of imprisoned dissidents ask for help)
Radio Free Asia, May 23, 2022

Exclusive | Hong Kong to ramp up security for handover anniversary, guard against ‘new threats’ including Covid-19, ‘home-grown terrorism’
South China Morning Post, May 23, 2022

US would defend Taiwan if attacked by China, says Joe Biden
The Guardian, May 20, 2022


Biden Says U.S. Military Would Defend Taiwan if China Invaded

The New York Times, May 23, 022

“主旋律”以外的声音: 从YT视频看上海人的抗争(Voices beyond the "main melody": Shanghai people’s struggle seen in YouTube videos)
Deutsche Welle, May 23, 2022

Commentary & Analysis (评论与分析)

In Hong Kong, a Once Liberal University Feels Beijing’s Weight
Foreign Policy, May 22, 2022

China: UN human rights chief must seize critical opportunity to address crimes against humanity in Xinjiang
Amnesty International, May 23, 2022

UN High Commissioner Must Speak Up on Her China Visit for Los Desaparecidos
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, May 20, 2022