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, October 19, 2022

China's Reach & Internal Control (中国:内控与外扩)

China’s WeChat Is a Hot New Venue for US Election Misinformation
Wired, October 18, 2022

International Responses (国际反应)

Right to peaceful protest must be respected, British government tells China after Hong Kong protest turns violent
South China Morning Post, October 19, 2022

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

坐监已八年,律师夏霖将于两年后出狱 (After eight years in prison, lawyer Xia Lin will be released in two years)
Initium Media, October 16, 2022

关注:刚出狱不久的深圳公民联合会创始人之一王威(网名“自由大威”)又被河南鹿邑县公安局留置,至今未归 (Wang Wei, a founder of Shenzhen Citizens Federation and just released from prison, is detained for his public support of Peng Lifa, the Beijing “Bridgeman”)
Weiquanwang, October 19, 2022

妇女能顶半边天?二十大会场女性身影屈指可数 (Can women hold up half the sky? There are only a few female figures in 20th CPC National Congress)
Radio Free Asia, October 18, 2022

中国劳工观察: 疫情期间中国不断外派劳工 人权侵犯雪上加霜 (China Labor Watch report: During the epidemic, China continues to send laborers abroad; human rights violations worsen)
Voice of America, October 19, 2022

China 'gutted' press freedom in Hong Kong, sparking exodus of journalists: report
Radio Free Asia, October 18, 2022

陳皓桓分享出獄後遺症 嘆親友離港、感覺與外界脫節 但盼與留下來的人「齊上齊落」(Released from prison, Figo Chan, former convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, laments relatives and friends are leaving Hong Kong, feels disconnected from world outside, hopes to persevere with those who stay)
Inmediahk, October 18, 2022

涉TG策劃傷警 中四女生申保釋獲批 禁用社交媒體、須遵守所有校規(Secondary student who shared plan to hurt police on Telegram is granted bail; conditions include ban on social media use and following all school rules)
Inmediahk, October 18, 2022

Law & Policy (法律与政策)

Hong Kong leader John Lee just delivered one of the longest policy addresses ever. Here are 7 key takeaways, from a talent war to housing ambitions
South China Morning Post, October 19, 2022

Hong Kong Policy Address: Laws against insulting regional flag to be aligned with national flag legislation
Hong Kong Free Press, October 19, 2022

Hong Kong Policy Address: ‘Review’ of District Councils to be conducted in line with ‘patriots-only’ rule
Hong Kong Free Press, October 19, 2022

Hong Kong Policy Address: HK$60 million earmarked for kindergartens’ ‘national education’ scheme
Hong Kong Free Press, October 19, 2022

李家超:推進23條立法準備 立法規管線上線下眾籌(Chief Executive John Lee: Go forward with Article 23 legislation preparation and legislation to regulate online and offline crowdfunding)
Radio Television Hong Kong, October 19, 2022

政府提出教師須通過《基本法》測試 訂專業和操守指引(Gov’t proposes teachers must pass Basic Law exam and setting professional guidelines and code of conduct)
Radio Television Hong Kong, October 19, 2022

Current Topics (热门话题)

Reports of teenager dying in Covid quarantine cause outcry in China
The Guardian, October 19, 2022

Commentary & Analysis (评论与分析)

北京四通桥“作死”抗争:“有声音”比“大多数”更有质的意义 (Beijing Sitong Bridge "death" protest: "Having a voice" is more meaningful than "a majority")
Initium Media, October 18, 2022

Who is the strongman – Xi Jinping or this lone protester who dared to defy him?
The Sydney Morning Herald, October 18, 2022