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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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

On This Day — May 21, 1989: One million march: More than one million people defy martial law and successfully block soldiers from entering central Beijing.
See HRIC chronology and resources.

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

Families of Tiananmen massacre victims under surveillance ahead of anniversary
Radio Free Asia, May 20, 2019

六四臨近 當局逼丁子霖離京限通訊 (As June Fourth anniversary approaches, Tiananmen Mothers under surveillance, Ding Zilin forced to leave Beijing, unable to receive phone calls)
Ming Pao, May 21, 2019

30 years ago: Troops sent to Beijing
China Digital Times, May 20, 2019

四川独立电影拍摄者邓传彬(网名晃晃)疑因推特发布“六四酒瓶”照片遭刑事拘留 (Sichuan independent filmmaker Deng Chuanbin detained for tweeting photo of June Fourth liquor bottle)
Weiquanwang, May 18, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Xinjiang re-education camp detainees appointed “crying time” every two weeks
Radio Free Asia, May 20, 2019

Pakistan’s silence on fasting ban for China Uighurs riles activists
Nikkei Asian Review, May 20, 2019

Empty Uyghur mosques during Ramadan in China
Milestones Journal, May 18, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Jailed Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang appeared “gaunt and lethargic” in new video, wife says
Hong Kong Free Press, May 21, 2019

Another Chinese activist leaves prison gravely ill: Ji Sizun’s family has difficulty visiting him in hospital
Human Rights Watch, May 20, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Taiwan’s top diplomat says Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper is “commie brainwasher” that “sucks”
Japan Times, May 19, 2019

China goes all out to fight claims of purge of diplomats
Daily Nation, May 19, 2019

Trade tensions and national dignity
China Media Project, May 17, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Netizen voices: Creditizing “uncivilized” metro behavior
China Digital Times, May 20, 2019

Chinese netizens have fun with the trade war
Epoch Times, May 20, 2019

Falun Gong spreading in North Korea despite crackdown
Chosun Ilbo, May 20, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

How standing up to Xi Jinping could help Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen come back from the political dead
South China Morning Post, May 20, 2019

台湾十四个友邦在WHO提案要求邀请台湾参与世界卫生大会 (14 countries join motion to include Taiwan as observer in World Health Organization annual Assembly, against China’s objection)
Radio France Internationale, May 20, 2019

China bars Taiwan from World Health Assembly
Voice of America, May 20, 2019

Australia’s China challenge
The New York Times, May 20, 2019

Three-Self churches ripped apart in Henan Province
Bitter Winter, May 20, 2019

Homeless and penniless after temple demolitions
Bitter Winter, May 20, 2019

Oppressed, enslaved and brutalised: The women trafficked from North Korea into China's sex trade
The Telegraph, May 20, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

As Huawei loses Google, the U.S.-China tech cold war gets its iron curtain
The New York Times, May 20, 2019

禁令影响加剧 人脸识别技术商Lumentum断供华为 (Following ban, facial recognition tech company Lumentum ceases supply to Huawei)
Voice of America, May 21, 2019

A huge Chinese video app is charging people, draining their batteries, and exposing data without their knowledge
BuzzFeed News, May 19, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong extradition bill to bypass legislative committee scrutiny, as gov’t fast-tracks controversial law
Hong Kong Free Press, May 20, 2019

【新聞通識】《逃犯條例》修訂草案的立法程序 (Explainer: What is the legislative procedure for extradition law amendment bill?)
The Stand News, May 20, 2019

國泰兩男拖手海報 廣告主角回應:什麼人都有愛與被愛的權利 (Model in Cathay Pacific pro-LGBT advertisement speaks up in support of equality: Everyone has the right to love and be loved)
The Stand News, May 21, 2019

Hong Kong’s MTR Corp reverses ban on Cathay Pacific same-sex ad after LGBT outcry
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2019

【逃犯條例】林鄭現身《明報》酒會 程展緯、黃宇軒場內舉反修例標語 (Carrie Lam attends Ming Pao anniversary event, is met with silent protest from journalists)
The Stand News, May 20, 2019

Hong Kong extradition bill: “A massacre of our freedom” – media tycoon Jimmy Lai blasts Chief Exec. Carrie Lam as “evil”
Hong Kong Free Press, May 21, 2019

Investigation ordered over claims of Hong Kong legislative employees being filtered by political stance
Hong Kong Free Press, May 20, 2019

Commentary (评论)

“六四”30周年,中国民主希望何在 (30 years after June Fourth, where is the hope for China’s democracy?)
The New York Times, May 21, 2019

What would amending Hong Kong’s law on extradition mean for international non-profits?
ChinaFile, May 20, 2019

Who will speak for Serikzhan Bilash? Not Washington
The Diplomat, May 20, 2019

A price to pay: A young activist’s fight for free elections in Hong Kong
World Magazine, May 2019