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.

Friday, April 26, 2019

June Fourth 30th Anniversary (“六四”三十周年)

On this day — April 26, 1989: The state-run paper People’s Daily carries Deng Xiaoping’s speech labeling the student movement as an anti-party, anti-socialist upheaval as an editorial, which also proclaims all further demonstrations illegal. In a rare challenge, the official Chinese Democratic League calls on the government to refrain from using force.
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“No need to worry”: Hong Kong museum commemorating 1989 Tiananmen Massacre opens amid protests
Hong Kong Free Press, April 26, 2019

【六四30周年】《人民日報》4.26社論 劉銳紹感嘆:影響禍國殃民,今日香港見鬼魂 (Veteran journalist speaks about People’s Daily’s editorial published on April 26, 1989: Its influence ruined the country and its people, and its ghost is seen in Hong Kong today)
Citizen News, April 26, 2019

Veteran of 1989 democracy movement in Tiananmen Square dies suddenly
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2019

30 years ago: China bans pro-student newspaper
China Digital Times, April 25, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

UN Secretary-General should press Xi on mass detentions: Publicly urge end to repression of Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang
Human Rights Watch, April 25, 2019

Shawn Zhang: Clarification of Keriya Etika Mosque’s current situation
Medium, April 22, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

维权人士吴淦家人为其申诉 (Jailed 709 lawyer Wu Jian tortured in prison, family seeks lawyer to pursue legal claim)
Voice of America, April 25, 2019

China slaps travel ban on another human rights lawyer
Radio Free Asia, April 25, 2019
HRIC Note: Cheng Hai is a human rights lawyer who has represented other lawyers ensnared by the 709 crackdown, including Wang Quanzhang, as well as members of the Falun Gong.

Access to Information (信息公开)

The Chinese Communist Party’s latest propaganda target: Young minds
The Diplomat, April 26, 2019

China wants to use the power of global media to dispel Belt and Road debt risks
Quartz, April 26, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Chinese construction worker left jobless after exposing the dangers of flimsy safety helmets
What’s On Weibo, April 25, 2019

Tibetan advocacy group demands China release Panchen Lama ahead of his 30th birthday
Radio Free Asia, April 24, 2019

Activists say new Canadian group supporting China's control of Tibet is a front for Beijing
National Post, April 24, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China retools vast global building push criticized as bloated and predatory
The New York Times, April 26, 2019

孔杰荣等呼吁北京在一带一路峰会期间宣布解决海外劳工权利问题计划 (Jerome Cohen and other scholars urge Beijing to take action on labor rights of overseas workers for Belt and Road projects)
Voice of America, April 25, 2019

教育部副部长:积极推动“一带一路”沿线国家中外合作办学 (China to promote education collaboration with Belt and Road countries, says Ministry of Education)
The Paper, April 25, 2019
HRIC Note:According to Vice Minister Tian, China is developing a “coalition” of higher education. In 2018, more than 40,000 students in Belt and Road countries were awarded Chinese government scholarships, China signed agreements on mutual recognition of academic qualifications with two dozen countries, and China has built 154 Confucius Institutes in 54 countries.

Taiwan to review issue of Chinese government subsidies: Mainland Affairs Council
Focus Taiwan, April 25, 2019

Three-self church destroyed to the ground in minutes
Bitter Winter, April 25, 2019

北京:坐地铁“霸座”、饮食等或将纳入个人信用不良信息 (Beijing proposes amendments to transport regulations: Conduct in subway such as eating and drinking, fare evasion, and taking another’s seat to be entered in social credit score)
The Paper, April 25, 2019

Beijing’s P2P owners and senior executives hit with travel ban as China cracks down on online lending
South China Morning Post, April 25, 2019

China’s efforts to cut pollution in Beijing may make it worse overall
New Scientist, April 24, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Malcolm Turnbull says he urged Trump to develop 5G mobile networks
The Guardian, April 26, 2019

How the U.S. can prepare to live in China’s 5G world
IEEE Spectrum, April 23, 2019

What are the main security risks of using Huawei for 5G?
Financial Times, April 25, 2019

Who owns Huawei? The company tried to explain. It got complicated.
The New York Times, April 25, 2019

Huawei fights back against claim in research paper that it is government funded and controlled
South China Morning Post, April 25, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Democrat Alvin Yeung puts forward last-ditch plan to counter Hong Kong’s China extradition law update
Hong Kong Free Press, April 26, 2019

【逃犯條例】楊岳橋提私人草案 修例賦域外法權處理殺人案 (Civic Party’s Alvin Yeung files private bill proposing extraterritorial jurisdiction of Hong Kong courts to handle murder case that happened in Taiwan, as counter-proposal to government’s amendments)
Ming Pao, April 25, 2019

反同婚民建聯鄭泳舜 獲林鄭委任平機會成員 (Carrie Lam appoints pro-Beijing legislator who vocally opposes same-sex marriage as committee member of Equal Opportunities Commission)
The Stand News, April 26, 2019

Possible appeal for jailed Umbrella Movement activists as lawyers question long prison term
Hong Kong Free Press, April 25, 2019

In pictures: Hundreds flock to in candlelight event in solidarity with jailed Umbrella Movement activists
Hong Kong Free Press, April 25, 2019

接受內地官媒訪問 曾偉雄:若再聞違法達義,必直斥其非 裁決警醒市民 (Former police chief who oversaw Umbrella Movement says any future suggestions of “achieving justice by violating the law” must be criticized, conviction is a warning to Hong Kong citizens)
The Stand News, April 25, 2019

何君堯去信港大校委會主席李國章 要求立即革除戴耀廷 (Legislator Junius Ho writes to council of University of Hong Kong demanding immediate dismissal of Benny Tai following conviction)
The Stand News, April 25, 2019

Hong Kong’s new ombudsman tells government to get a move on with “freedom of information” law her office recommended
South China Morning Post, April 25, 2019

Paperwork destroyed by Hong Kong government would be five times higher than the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa if stacked together
South China Morning Post, April 25, 2019

Amnesty International Hong Kong says it has been targeted by sophisticated state hackers
Hong Kong Free Press, April 25, 2019

Commentary (评论)

China’s Uyghur “re-education” centers and the ghosts of totalitarians past
War on the Rocks, April 25, 2019

吳宗鑾:九子量刑,「悔意」和「公民抗命」有待法庭釐清 (Court’s use of “regret” and “civil disobedience” in sentencing of Umbrella 9 calls for explanation, says Chris Ng of Progressive Lawyers Group)
The Initium, April 25, 2019

The missing voices at China’s Belt and Road summit
The Diplomat, April 25, 2019

I used to work for Google. I am a conscientious objector
The New York Times, April 26, 2019