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.

Monday, May 13, 2019

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

On This Day — May 12, 1989:Hunger strike debates: In the evening, at Peking University, Chai Ling joins the efforts of students Wang Dan, Wu’er Kaixi, and six others to advocate a hunger strike as a strategy to force the government to listen to the students’ pleas. Students at Peking University in favor of a hunger strike rapidly increase in number from 40 to over 200.

On This Day — May 13, 1989:Hunger strike begins: As a result of the delay in response from the government, hundreds of thousands of students converge on the square to stage a sit-in and hunger strike. The hunger strike begins, eventually drawing over 3,000 participants. Party leaders eventually agree to a dialogue with the students’ Dialogue Delegation on May 14.

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The Tiananmen Massacre, 30 years on – Survivor Q&A: Zhou Fengsuo
Hong Kong Free Press, May 12, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

HKFP Lens: Lisa Ross dives into the heart of Uighur identity with shots from China’s Xinjiang
Hong Kong Free Press, May 13, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Wife of jailed rights lawyer [Wang Quanzhang] gets two letters “Admitting” to “Crimes”
Radio Free Asia, May 13, 2019

Three more people detained as China continues to crack down on labour groups
South China Morning Post, May 12, 2019

Court in China's Guangxi jails Christian who mailed gospel tracts to police chief
Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Tencent's new game shows how censorship rules are implemented in China
Global Voices, May 10, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China's activities in key marginal seat affect Labor, Liberal candidates
The Sydney Morning Herald, May 13, 2019

France grants asylum to wife of vanished Interpol boss
Radio France Internationale, May 13, 2019

Bangladesh: Chinese envoy rapped for linking Rohingya crisis to economic trade
Radio Free Asia, May 10, 2019

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China tightens “national security” review for foreign investments, sparking fears of trade war retaliations
South China Morning Post, May 13, 2019

Beijing accuses US of ‘always using national security’ as a pretext, following China Mobile ban
Hong Kong Free Press, May 11, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Grindr’s Chinese owner Beijing Kunlun Tech must sell gay dating app by 2020 over US national security fears
Bloomberg, May 14, 2019

Six Chinese tech firms banned from exporting sensitive US goods, with fears they may have supported Iran’s military
Reuters, May 14, 2019

Photos of Huawei’s European-themed campus in China
The Atlantic, May 13, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Former Hong Kong officials Chris Patten and Anson Chan contradict Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s claim that mainland China was not deliberately excluded as a destination for fugitive transfers
South China Morning Post, May 12, 2019

Debate over Hong Kong’s proposed extradition law devolves into a scuffle in the legislative council
The Washington Post, May 11, 2019

Brawl breaks out in Hong Kong parliament - video
The Guardian, May 11, 2019

Havoc in Hong Kong Legislature over Extradition Bill
The New York Times, May 11, 2019

In Pictures: Physical clashes and injuries at Hong Kong’s legislature amid uproar over China extradition bill
Hong Kong Free Press, May 11, 2019

Mainland Chinese officials come out in support of Hong Kong’s controversial extradition law
South China Morning Post, May 11, 2019

Commentary (评论)

China’s influence operations in Asia: Minding the open door challenge
The Diplomat, May 14, 2019

Hong Kong is set for a U.S.-China showdown
Foreign Policy, May 13, 2019

Hong Kong’s special status with the US is safe for now, but not for the reasons you think
South China Morning Post, May 13, 2019

Beijing’s servants in Hong Kong: is collaborators too strong a word?
Hong Kong Free Press, May 13, 2019

The Greater Bay Area, China's new and improved model for growth
Channel NewsAsia, May 12, 2019

China scrapping its archaic one-child policy won’t solve its deeper problems
Independent, May 11, 2019

China’s global port play
The Diplomat, May 11, 2019