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, May 15, 2019

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

On This Day — May 15, 1989: Foreign dignitary visit to Beijing: On this day in 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev comes to Beijing for a summit meeting with Deng Xiaoping. Instead of an official welcome on Tiananmen Square, Gorbachev enters the Great Hall of the People by a back entrance. Thousands of intellectuals, teachers and scientists march to the square.
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30年後,香港還能守住六四記憶嗎?—— 專訪李立峯 (Interview with journalism scholar Francis Lee: 30 years on, will Hong Kong still be able to guard the memory of June Fourth?)
The Initium, May 15, 2019

30 years ago: Zhao Ziyang appears to win backing
China Digital Times, May 14, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Islamophobia in China
ChinaFile, May 14, 2019

“Saved” by state terror: Gendered violence and propaganda in Xinjiang
SupChina, May 14, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

王全璋入监不足20天怪事连连 引发安全担忧 (A series of suspicious events spark concerns for Wang Quanzhang’s safety since he was sent to prison 20 days ago)
Voice of America, May 15, 2019

Diplomats visit Canadian think tank expert in China custody
Voice of America, May 14, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

China’s propaganda machine takes aim at U.S. over trade war
The New York Times, May 15, 2019

Trump and Xi: Are things getting personal?
China Media Project, May 14, 2019

Three journalists are under investigation over publishing news about the Dalai Lama
Kathmandu Post, May 12, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China has been running global influence campaigns for years
The Atlantic, May 15, 2019

China to put soft power on show as “clash of civilisations” debate comes back to life
South China Morning Post, May 15, 2019

Xi Jinping, champion of dialogue of civilizations
Xinhua, May 14, 2019

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s regular press conference
PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 13, 2019

“Forever outsiders”: Housing research suggests residency restrictions drive inequality
Caixin, May 14, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Huawei chief Liang Hua says firm is ready to sign a “no-spy, no back-door” deal with UK
Agence France-Presse, May 15, 2019

Trump expected to sign order paving way for U.S. telecoms ban on Huawei
Reuters, May 15, 2019

China’s Kunlun Tech agrees to U.S. demand to sell Grindr gay dating app
Reuters, May 14, 2019

Surveillance equipment giant hounded by competition, security concerns
Caixin, May 14, 2019

Ex-Google boss defends multiple controversies
BBC, May 13, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

“香港民主之父”:倘若我们屈服,大陆再无民主曙光 (Hong Kong veteran democrat Martin Lee: If we bow down, there is no more hope for democracy in the mainland)
Radio Free Asia, May 14, 2019

Hong Kong leader stakes credibility on extradition bill – but impasse continues in Legislative Council
South China Morning Post, May 14, 2019


【逃犯條例】涂謹申倡三方會議協商 張建宗:行政機關不宜介入立會程序爭拗 (Not suitable for administration to interfere with procedural matters of the legislature, says Matthew Cheung, responding to calls for tripartite negotiations on extradition law amendment bill)
The Stand News, May 14, 2019

Extraditions from Hong Kong to rest of China violate Basic Law, argue lawyers for fugitive tycoon Joseph Lau in judicial review
South China Morning Post, May 15, 2019

【逃犯條例】中聯辦:港回歸至今未曾向內地移交疑犯 修例乃落實基本法應有之義 (Hong Kong Liaison Office speaks up on extradition law: amendments are necessary for implementing the Basic Law)
The Stand News, May 15, 2019

UK minister’s “deep concern” over HK extradition
RTHK, May 15, 2019

【逃犯條例】郭榮鏗:德外交政策總監表明 考慮取消與香港移交逃犯協議 (Germany considers cancelling extradition arrangements with Hong Kong over amendment concerns)
The Stand News, May 15, 2019

Taiwan extends visa for “exiled” Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee by two months
Hong Kong Free Press, May 14, 2019

Commentary (评论)

《躍競思維》:微信是如何做到如此「吸眼球」,讓大家欲罷不能?(So eye-catching: How WeChat makes everyone addicted)
The News Lens, May 14, 2019

Who’s afraid of China’s Internet vigilantes?
The New York Times, May 14, 2019

Trump fights China on trade, surrenders on human rights
CNN, May 13, 2019

Where is the outrage over the plight of China’s Uyghurs?
Maclean's, May 13, 2019