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, May 03, 2019

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

On this day — May 3, 1989:Journalists petition: Journalists draft a petition to the Party Central Committee asking for a dialogue with the government. They collect more than 1,000 signatures and resolve to demonstrate on the next day to call for press freedom.
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30 years ago: Students network nationally
China Digital Times, May 2, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese vaccine activist formally arrested, will likely face jail over campaign
Radio Free Asia, May 2, 2019

中法启动法律和司法对话机制 (China signs agreement with France to bolster “technical cooperation” between their judiciaries)
Legal Daily, May 1, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

无国界记者呼吁披露人民日报前高层坠楼内幕 (Reporters Without Borders urges proper disclosure of facts on suicide of former editor of People’s Daily’s News Front magazine)
Voice of America, May 3, 2019

China must shed light on the suspicious death of former editor-in-chief of News Front magazine
Reporters Without Borders, May 2, 2019

Taiwan warns of Chinese influence tactics in run-up to presidential poll
Radio Free Asia, May 2, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

五四百年来临 北大多位左翼学生劳动节实习遭集体失踪 (5 Peking University students have disappeared since the eve of Labor Day)
Voice of America, May 2, 2019

「我輩未能躬逢其盛 但黑暗既在 壓迫仍舊」 延續五四精神 北大生無懼打壓撐工運 (In the face of a never-ending crackdown, Peking University students stand strong in support of labor movements, honoring the spirit of May Fourth)
Ming Pao, May 3, 2019

China seeks to quell debate ahead of May 4
Financial Times, May 3, 2019

Frontline trade union officials kept in the dark as leaders hold meetings
China Labour Bulletin, May 2, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

The Communist Party grapples with a momentous anniversary
The Economist, May 2, 2019

Party loyalty in China helps private companies get cheaper loans
Bloomberg News, May 2, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Pro-establishment lawmakers urge Carrie Lam to back down on controversial extradition bill; adviser says safeguards can be added
South China Morning Post, May 2, 2019

Long hours, low pay: Meet 8 Hong Kong worker groups airing grievances at the annual Labour Day march
Hong Kong Free Press, May 2, 2019

郭紹傑被日本關押逾4個月 批評特區政府沒協助 (Hong Kong activist detained in Japan over protest in Yasukuni Shrine criticizes lack of assistance from Hong Kong government)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 2, 2019

Greenpeace blasts Hong Kong government over new air quality objectives, estimating 2,000 extra deaths each year from pollution
South China Morning Post, May 2, 2019

New Hong Kong Watch report exposes widespread business fears about the Extradition Law
Hong Kong Watch, May 1, 2019

Commentary (评论)

「漢文化圈」就是「中國的」,這種看法不但錯誤,而且有害 (Viewing the Sinosphere as belonging to China is not only wrong, but harmful)
The News Lens, May 3, 2019

五四运动百年:现代文明与野蛮落后的缠斗 (100 years since the May Fourth movement: Wrestling between modernity and the past)
BBC, May 3, 2019

Hong Kong: Business must pay heed to the erosion of freedoms
Financial Times, May 2, 2019

China cracks down in Asia’s once freest city
Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2019

Flawed study of self-immolation and Tibetan violence raises questions on London stage
International Campaign for Tibet, May 1, 2019