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 20, 2019

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

On This Day — May 20, 1989: Martial law takes effect at 10:00 a.m.: PLA units are ordered to clear Tiananmen Square and return order to the city: “Demonstrations, petitioning, class boycotts, strikes . . . are prohibited . . . [A]rmed police and People’s Liberation Army soldiers have the right to exercise any force necessary to stop or prevent any violation of martial law orders.”
See HRIC chronology and resources.

Blood red anxiety: How Tiananmen coloured the world of Chinese artist Chen Guang
South China Morning Post, May 20, 2019

30 years ago: Zhao Ziyang: “We came too late”
China Digital Times, May 19, 2019

台北“六四研讨会” 王丹以十六字揭幕 (“Never forget, never give up, reunite, and start again,” says Wang Dan at opening ceremony of June Fourth symposium in Taipei)
Deutsche Welle, May 18, 2019

HRIC’s “Unforgotten” project: profiles of June Fourth Victims
‐ Project subsite homepage
‐ HRIC statement
‐ Profiles of the “Unforgotten”

30 years ago: Li Peng meets student representatives
China Digital Times, May 18, 2019

Explainer: 30 years on, the troubled history of Tiananmen Square’s Goddess of Democracy
Hong Kong Free Press, May 19, 2019

30 years ago: Gorbachev calls protesters “hotheads”
China Digital Times, May 17, 2019

“We saw humanity”: A Chinese student on the day Bob Hawke wept over Tiananmen
The Guardian, May 17, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

China pushes inter-ethnic marriage in Xinjiang assimilation drive
Agence France-Presse, May 18, 2019

Diplomat confirms limits on Ramadan in Xinjiang
Voice of America, May 16, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

狱中维权律师王全璋妻子将赴山东临沂监狱抗议要求依法探视 (Li Wenzu, wife of jailed 709 lawyer Wang Quanzhang, to protest at prison, demand visit) Voice of America, May 18, 2019

China hands Japanese man 5.5 yrs in prison for state secret theft
Kyodo News, May 17, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Hong Kong media must “tell the Greater Bay Area story well,” says Chief Exec. Carrie Lam and China propaganda chief
Hong Kong Free Press, May 20, 2019

內地學者稱需加強傳播人才國家民族認同感 (Mainland journalism scholar: Need to strengthen sense of national identity among media personnel)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 19, 2019

Taiwan loses Asia’s press-freedom top spot – but still pretty good
Asia Times, May 18, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Taiwan’s LGBT+ community celebrates historic same-sex marriage ruling: “First in Asia!”
Independent, May 18, 2019

台湾同性婚姻合法化的背后 (Background on Taiwan’s legalization of same-sex marriage)
Financial Times, May 17, 2019

Why Alabama’s new abortion ban has touched a raw nerve in China
South China Morning Post, May 17, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

证监前主席刘士余传违法 中媒列举特殊之处 (Former chief of China Securities Regulatory Commission surrenders to investigation by Central Commission for Discipline Inspection)
Deutsche Welle, May 20, 2019

U.S. Ambassador to China visiting Tibet this week
Reuters, May 20, 2019

Dalai Lama reveals India veto of Xi meeting
Taipei Times, May 20, 2019

Taiwan warns that freezing it out of annual World Health Organisation summit could backfire ahead of Tokyo Olympics
Kyodo News, May 19, 2019

China's communists fund Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party: What the United States Congress was told
New Zealand Herald, May 16, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source
Reuters, May 20, 2019

Intel and Qualcomm reportedly join Google in Huawei ban
The Verge, May 19, 2019

Inside the secretive Chinese telecom that Trump just banned
Vice News, May 18, 2019

What happens when China builds your country’s internet
Quartz, May 18, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Cathay Pacific advert showing same-sex couple banned from Hong Kong’s MTR and airport
South China Morning Post, May 20, 2019

邵家臻再向懲教署申請外出往立法會 (Jailed lawmaker Bottle Siu makes second application to attend LegCo meeting on employee working conditions)
Ming Pao, May 19, 2019

Hong Kong LGBT community calls on government to follow Taiwan’s lead on legalising same-sex marriage, but equality watchdog rejects move
South China Morning Post, May 18, 2019

Giant banner urging Carrie Lam to resign appears on Kowloon hilltop, as Hong Kong extradition row rolls on
Hong Kong Free Press, May 17, 2019

【逃犯條例】譚惠珠:草案直上大會非常合理 時間上理所當然 (After meeting in Liaison Office, vice-chair of Committee for the Basic Law Maria Tam says: “Very reasonable” to for extradition bill to skip Bills Committee review)
Ming Pao, 20, 2019

Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong lashes out at international critics of contentious extradition bill and vows to “take them on all the way”
t South China Morning Post, May 17, 2019

Hong Kong’s extradition proposal could undermine rule of law and competitiveness, says Tara Joseph of the American Chamber of Commerce
South China Morning Post, May 19, 2019

Commentary (评论)

廿年前早批移交談判困難,專訪國際法專家凌兵:《逃犯條例》修訂相當激進 (Interview with international law scholar Ling Bing: Government’s proposed extradition law amendments are “very radical”)
The Initium, May 20, 2019

“Defeat the evil law”: How an unlikely coalition could spell trouble Hong Kong’s extradition law plan
Hong Kong Free Press, May 20, 2019

反996運動全紀錄:想通過代碼改變世界的人,為何難以改變加班現狀? (Reflecting on anti-996 movement: Why those who seek to change the world through coding find it hard to change work hours)
The Initium, May 20, 2019

The demise of Hong Kong: An extradition law means the end of “one country, two systems”
Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2019

30 years on from Tiananmen Square crackdown, why Beijing still thinks it got it right
South China Morning Post, May 19, 2019

Public’s right to information must be protected by law
South China Morning Post, May 19, 2019

China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history
The Guardian, May 19, 2019

Comparing Hong Kong’s extradition bill with other international, law-abiding agreements is misleading
Hong Kong Free Press, May 19, 2019

The cruel irony of China’s celebration of Asian cultures
The Diplomat, May 18, 2019