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 17, 2019

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

On This Day — May 17, 1989: Intellectuals’ response: Prominent intellectuals (incl. Yan Jiaqi, Bao Zunxin) draft declaration urging government to recognize the legitimacy of the Students’ Autonomous Federation, promote political reform, eliminate corruption, and respect freedoms of press, thought, assembly

March of over one million: More than one million people march in Beijing, including workers, All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) officials, journalists, doctors, and nurses.
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30 years ago: Gorbachev meets Deng; protests grow
China Digital Times, May 16, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China tells Turkey to support its fight against Uighur militants
Reuters, May 17, 2019

Western companies get tangled in China’s Muslim clampdown
Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2019

China’s effort to silence the sound of Uyghur: A key part of China’s campaign against Uyghur identity is a crackdown on the Uyghur language
The Diplomat, May 16, 2019

China marginalizing language in bid to “eradicate the ethnic identity” of Uyghurs: Uyghur Human Rights Project
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

河南男子坐牢15年后改判无罪:坚持申诉导致未减刑一天 (Henan man declared innocent after serving 15 years, claims he had been tortured to confess)
Beijing News, May 17, 2019

Two Canadians arrested on state secrets charges in China
China Digital Times, May 16, 2019

Justin Trudeau vows to stand up to Beijing over “unacceptable” arrest of two Canadians accused of spying in China
Agence France-Presse, May 17, 2019

Chinese activist jailed for supporting Hong Kong democracy protests redetained
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China’s LGBT community
Agence France-Presse, May 16, 2019

Noteworthy Weibo moment: Qingdao government account shows support for LGBT community
What’s On Weibo, May 16, 2019

“边疆党旗红”网络主题宣传活动启动 (Cyberspace Administration of China to hold investigative journalism tour in Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjiang to promote broadcasting of party-building efforts in ethnic regions)
The Paper, May 15, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions
BBC, May 17, 2019

Dressing up for gender equality: Taiwanese “men’s skirt week” becomes a viral hit on Weibo
What’s On Weibo, May 16, 2019

What Taiwan’s slow march towards legalising gay marriage means for LGBT rights in Asia
South China Morning Post, May 16, 2019

獻給那些無人珍視的年輕人 —《中國青年行動者處境調研報告》研究團隊手記 (Research team describes experience producingreport on Chinese youth activists)
The Stand News, May 16, 2019

Report on Current Situation Facing Chinese Youth Activists
China Youth Activists Development Concern Group, May 14, 2019

Journalist David Missal wins Human Rights Press award for HKFP video on rights lawyer Lin Qilei
Hong Kong Free Press, May 16, 2019

The Chinese feminists fighting patriarchy in China from abroad
Public Radio International, May 16, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Human rights in Tibet took downward turn in 2018: Report
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2019

Tibetan villagers evicted to make room for new airport
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2019

Prefecture in Qinghai to drastically cut Tibetan language education
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2019

Senior official stresses sharing experience on governance for Asia’s progress
Sina English, May 16, 2019

Asian Civilization Parade opens in Beijing
Sina English, May 16, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

The Cybersecurity 202: Trump officials and lawmakers say China is the problem, not Huawei
Washington Post, May 16, 2019

How other countries are responding to Trump’s Huawei threat
The Guardian, May 16, 2019

“Europe must maintain own course”: Germany distances itself from US blacklisting of Huawei while Netherlands investigates possible spying
South China Morning Post, May 17, 2019

美听证会:中国“数码专制国家”崛起威胁全球 (The rise of China as a “digital authoritarian country” is a threat to the world, says U.S. senator at congressional hearing)
Radio Free Asia, May 16, 2019

Microsoft opens largest artificial intelligence & internet of things lab in Shanghai
Xinhua, May 16, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong extradition bill: How murder of a pregnant woman, the US-China trade war and a determined leader have cranked up the heat in city’s political arena
South China Morning Post, May 17, 2019

【國歌法】民主黨議員提出多項修訂 倡剔除侮辱國歌刑事罪行 政府不支持 (Government opposes democrats’ proposed amendments to national anthem bill to remove criminal liability, obligatory teaching in schools)
The Stand News, May 16, 2019

US Sec. of State Pompeo airs concern over China extraditions after meeting Hong Kong democrats
Agence France-Presse, May 17, 2019

【逃犯條例】中聯辦港澳辦撐修例 陸委會:彷彿披著羊皮的狼 居心叵測 (Taiwan reiterates opposition to Hong Kong extradition amendment bill, says it would “erase Taiwan’s sovereignty”; calls mainland Liaison Office in HK “wolf in sheep’s clothing”)
The Stand News, May 16, 2019

Hong Kong court says deterrence only motive for sending protest leader back to jail
Reuters, May 16, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong’s new extradition law will pass but the fight for the city’s autonomy is not lost
South China Morning Post, May 17, 2019

The end of Hong Kong is almost here
Foreign Policy, May 16, 2019

This may be China’s worst assault yet on the rule of law in Hong Kong
Washington Post, May 15, 2019

The coming storm regarding asylum laws in Taiwan
New Bloom Magazine, May 16, 2019