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.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cyber security (网络安全)

中国对美国起诉黑客做出强烈回应 (China angered by US espionage charges against Chinese army personnel)
British Broadcasting Corporation, May 19, 2014

China denies U.S. cyberspying charges, claims it is the real “victim”
The Washington Post, May 20, 2014

Education (教育)

Is English necessary? China debates whether college exams should bother
The Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2014

Environment (环境)

657个城市300多个喊“渴” 节水城市建设需加速跑 (300 out of 657 Chinese cities face severe water shortages)
Xinhua, May 17, 2014

Human Rights Defenders (人权卫士)

武汉多人听佛法被控“煽动颠覆” 刑拘 法师也未幸免 (Activists, including Buddhist monk, criminally detained in Wuhan on suspicion of “inciting subversion”)
Radio Free Asia, May 19, 2014

Chinese activist “disappeared” ahead of Tiananmen anniversary
Radio Free Asia, May 19, 2014

China's rights lawyers willing to pay for progress
South China Morning post, May 20, 2014

推动公民不合作的唐荆陵律师被广州国保刑拘 (Citizen activist and lawyer Tang Jingling detained by Guangzhou authorities)
China Free Press, May 16, 2014

Two more rights lawyers criminally detained, another’s home searched
China Change, May 18, 2014

Information Control (信息控制)

中国监管社交媒体内紧外松 被指歧视国人 (Chinese gov't uses foreign social media sites but bans citizens from accessing them)
Voice of America, May 19, 2014

How Chinese officials “like” banned Facebook
Agence France-Presse, May 18, 2014

International Human Rights (国际人权)

“中英人权对话”5月20日伦敦举行 (China-UK human rights dialogue begins in London)
Radio Free Asia, May 19, 2014

International Relations (Security, Trade and Investment) , 国际关系(安全,贸易和投资)

Putin courts China as west turns away
Financial Times, May 19, 2014

China “uses channels” to warn North Korea against nuclear test: source
Reuters, May 19, 2014

Chinese flee Vietnam as Hanoi counts cost of riots
The Guardian, May 19, 2014

June Fourth (六四)

天下围城,德国异议人士团体将举办系列纪念六四活动 (All to Surround the City, German overseas dissident group organizes a series of June Fourth commemorative events)
Radio Free Asia, May 20, 2014

Tears of a rickshaw driver
The New York Times, May 20, 2014

“六四”之后的中国群体性事件和互联网 (China’s mass incidents after June Fourth, and the Internet: U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing)
Radio Free Asia, May 19, 2014

See webcast of hearing:
Hearing: stability in China: lessons from Tiananmen and implications for the United States (webcast)
U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission, May 15, 2014

纪念六四25周年旧金山将举行中国民权研讨会 (San Francisco Chinese civil rights group organizes June Fourth 25th anniversary civil rights forum)
Radio Free Asia, May 20, 2014

在城大談六四 新加坡藝術家疑遇襲 (Singaporean artist allegedly beaten in HK after discussing June Fourth in lecture)
Apple Daily, May 18, 2014

For more information about June Fourth, see:
June Fourth at 25: resisting enforced amnesia, building a just future
Human Rights in China, April 10, 2014
EN: >just-future

Religion (宗教)

Thousand Christians forced from church as demolition campaign spreads
The Telegraph, May 19, 2014

Cross “too shiny” on Chinese church facing demolition
The Telegraph, May 19, 2014

XUAR (新疆维吾尔自治区)

Uighur biker takes message of peace on the road
The New York Times, May 20, 2014