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 22, 2019

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

In pictures: Inflatable Tank Man sculpture appears in Taiwan ahead of Tiananmen Massacre anniversary
Hong Kong Free Press, May 22, 2019

Tank Man installation holds “warning” for democratic Taiwan: 1989 protest leader
Radio Free Asia, May 21, 2019

六四30周年:美国外交官的“艰难抉择” (June Fourth 30 years ago: The “difficult decision” of U.S. diplomats)
BBC, May 22, 2019

天安门母亲:解决六四问题是“依法治国”的试金石 (Interview with Tiananmen Mothers: Answering for June Fourth is the touchstone for “governing country by law”)
Voice of America, May 21, 2019

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

The Two Killing Scenes I Witnessed during June Fourth
Human Rights in China, May 22, 2019

六四30周年特辑之一:八九之春 学潮乍起 (June Fourth 30th anniversary feature: Spring 1989 and the rise of a student movement)
BBC, May 21, 2019

香港記者陳潤芝的六四記憶:「每隔二十分鐘,軍人就開槍,砰砰砰砰砰」(Memories of June Fourth from Hong Kong journalist Chen Runzhi: “Soldiers were shooting every twenty minutes”)
The Initium, May 21, 2019

30 years ago: Crowds keep troops from city center
China Digital Times, May 21, 2019

The high price of denial: The cost to China of sweeping the Tiananmen crackdown under the carpet
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

The German data diver who exposed China’s Muslim crackdown
Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Canada sends delegation to China to press for release of citizens
Reuters, May 21, 2019

Novelist known for gay content sentenced for “illegal publishing”
Caixin, May 21, 2019

China: Free Tibetans unjustly imprisoned: New compendium of about 80 long-term cases
Human Rights Watch, May 21, 2019

Ministry launches English-language legal service website
Xinhua, May 20, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

China’s foreign ministry finally starts using Weibo to promote its message to millennials
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2019

Official stresses promotion of ideological, political theory education
Xinhua, May 21, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

The challenges facing China’s young activists
China Digital Times, May 21, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Database of believers established in Henan
Bitter Winter, May 20, 2019

Xi Jinping calls for “new Long March” in dramatic sign that China is preparing for protracted trade war
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2019

US backs calls for Taiwan to get role at UN health assembly
Associated Press, May 21, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Nepal bans China’s Alipay and WeChat digital wallets
Agence France-Presse, May 22, 2019

Trump administration could blacklist Chinese surveillance technology firm
The New York Times, May 21, 2019

Inside Huawei: A photo essay
The Guardian, May 21, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Xi critic barred from HK entry
The Standard, May 22, 2019

In a possible first for Hong Kong, activists wanted by police gain protection in Germany
The New York Times, May 21, 2019

“No evil law”: Democrats hope to rally 300,000 Hongkongers to fresh protest against extradition law on June 9
Hong Kong Free Press, May 21, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defends Beijing’s involvement in extradition bill row, pointing out foreign powers “escalated” controversy
South China Morning Post, May 21, 2019

韓正稱中央政府完全支持特區政府開展兩條法例修訂工作 (“Central government fully supports proposed amendments to extradition law,” says China’s vice-premier Han Zheng)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 21, 2019

【禮崩樂壞】港大民研:各自由指標評分全跌 言論、新聞、出版、結社自由 97 後最低分 (Public opinion poll shows drop in all freedom indicators in Hong Kong; freedom of speech, press, publication, and association lowest since 1997)
The Stand News, May 21, 2019

HSBC tweet backfires spectacularly after asking followers for views on China’s “Belt and Road” plan
Hong Kong Free Press, May 21, 2019

Commentary (评论)

移交逃犯修例 與國家安全大背景(文:呂秉權)(Extradition law amendments against the backdrop of national security)
Ming Pao, May 22, 2019

China’s “algorithms of oppression”: Weaponizing artificial intelligence
NED Democracy Digest, May 21, 2019

The Belt and Road Initiative is short of “Chinese characteristics”
Financial Times, May 21, 2019

A Chinese millennial looks back on her life
The New York Times, May 21, 2019