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, July 13, 2022

China's Reach (中国:内控与外扩)

地方政府深陷财政泥潭,中国各地危机四起 (Local gov’ts in deep financial quagmire as crises spread across China)
Voice of America,, July 13, 2022

中国烂尾楼业主集体停缴房贷 中产被卷入房地产风暴威胁金融社会稳定 (Owners of unfinished buildings in China collectively suspend loan payments, pulling middle class into a real estate storm, threatening financial and social stability)
Voice of America,, July 14, 2022

抖音承认澳洲用户数据可在中国获取 引发数据渗透恐慌 (TikTok admits Australian user data are available in China, sparking data intrusion panic)
Voice of America,, July 14, 2022

How China Wants to Replace the U.S. Order
The Atlantic, July 13, 2022

China’s World Internet Conference goes ‘international’ as Beijing seeks to promote its own vision of global cyberspace
South China Morning Post, July 13, 2022

Weibo Vows to Crack Down on Homophones and ‘Misspelled’ Words to “Stop Spread of Harmful Information”
What's on Weibo, July 13, 2022

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

美国国会及行政当局中国委员会共同主席发表声明 纪念刘晓波逝世五周年 (Statement by co-chairs of U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China commemorating Liu Xiaobo on 5th anniv. of his death)
Voice of America,, July 14, 2022

诺贝尔和平奖得主刘晓波死于狱中五周年,无国界记者呼吁国际社会对中国当局施加更大压力 (Reporters Without Borders urges int’l community to put more pressure on Chinese authorities on 5th anniv. of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo's death in custody)
Voice of America, July 13, 2022

刘晓波逝世五周年 中国离宪政有多远? (On 5th anniv. of Liu Xiaobo's death, how far is China from constitutionalism?)
Radio Free Asia,, July 12, 2022

河北栾城一天主教地下教会堂遭强拆 当地主教披露详情 (Underground Catholic church in Luancheng, Hebei forcibly demolished; local bishop reveals details)
Radio Free Asia,, July 12, 2022

Hong Kong court asked to rule if ex-Tiananmen group leaders can challenge legality of national security data probe
Hong Kong Free Press, July 13, 2022

【逆權律師】美籍律師Bickett國會聽證 斥港警隻手遮天凌駕法治 (Samuel Bickett accuses Hong Kong police of “covering the sky, overriding rule of law” in US congressional hearing)
Radio Free Asia, July 12, 2022

香港公民社会人士美国会作证 吁扩大制裁至习近平及中层港警 (Hong Kong civil society members testify at U.S. Congress, urging expanding sanctions to include Xi Jinping and mid-level Hong Kong police)
Radio Free Asia, July 12, 2022

Hong Kong's 'Grandma Wong' jailed over 2019 protests
BBC News, July 13, 2022

涉煽惑七一集結陳榮泰囚15個月 官指區議員身份發言屬「推波助瀾」(Lancelot Chan sentenced to 15 months in prison for inciting July 1 assembly; judge states that Chan, speaking as district councilor, was “fanning the flames”), July 12, 2022

9.29政府總部外集結 4男女認暴動還柙 14歲男生等3人不認罪 (4 defendants plead guilty to rioting outside gov’t headquarters on Sept. 29, 2019; 3, including 14-year-old boy, plead not guilty), July 13, 2022

Independent ‘Hongkongers book fair’ axed after organisers allegedly accused of lease violation
Hong Kong Free Press, July 13, 2022

Law & Policy (法律与政策)

中国全面取消300万人口以内城市落户限制 (China abolishes household registration restrictions in cities with fewer than 3 million people)
Radio Free Asia,, July 13, 2022

‘That would actually depend’: Hong Kong rebuffs UN concerns over security law risks for groups at rights hearing
Hong Kong Free Press, July 13, 2022

Civil rights groups warn UN body that Hong Kong national security law limits ability to highlight fears about freedom in the city overseas
South China Morning Post, July 12, 2022

担忧《香港国安法》迫害 联合国专家提“勾结外国势力问题” (Concerned about persecution under National Security Law, UN experts raise questions on "colluding with foreign forces")
Voice of America, July 13, 2022

【Emily】NGO與聯國溝通違國安法否 港府:視情况 (Are NGOs communicating with the UN violating the NSL? Hong Kong gov’: “It depends on the situation”)
Mingpao News, July 13, 2022

林鄭曾稱正研究辱警罪範圍 新政府避答進度 僅稱「因應需要展開研究」 (Carrie Lam had said the gov’t was researching the scope of a new crime for insulting the police; new administration avoids commenting on progress, states that “research will be done according to need”), July 13, 2022

Current Topics (热门话题)

How Did Abe Shinzo Become an Unlikely Subject of Collective Grief in China?
The Diplomat, July 13, 2022

China's Henan bank customers face harassment, job loss over protests
Reuters, July 12, 2022

【民研調查】港市民對香港前途及「一國兩制」信心淨值顯著上升 分析:市民或出現「躺平」心態(Public research survey | Hong Kong citizens’ confidence in Hong Kong’s future and “One Country, Two Systems” is up; may reflect “lying flat” mentality)
Radio Free Asia, July 12, 2022

本地電影人聯署《香港自由電影宣言》 發起人:續以作品說話 (Local filmmakers sign “Hong Kong Declaration of Freedom of Filmmaking”; initiator: “filmmakers must continue to use their works to speak out”), July 13, 2022