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.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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

On This Day — May 23, 1989: Defacing of Mao portrait: Mao Zedong’s portrait on the Tiananmen Gate is defaced by Yu Zhijian, Yu Dongyue, and Lu Decheng, who throw paint-filled eggs at it. The defaced portrait of Mao is quickly removed and replaced with another, identical one. Students hand over the individuals who defaced the portrait to the authorities.
See HRIC chronology and resources.

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

李立峯:一直少提少講 建制網媒出擊 主動否定六四 (Pro-Beijing media changing strategy from silence to preemptively discrediting June Fourth commemorative activities, says Hong Kong journalism scholar)
Ming Pao, May 23, 2019

六四30周年:通往自由香港的“黄雀行动” (June Fourth 30th anniversary: Operation Yellowbird, pathway to finding freedom in Hong Kong)
BBC, May 23, 2019

【六四三十】支聯會料維園晚會人數增 李卓人:今年意義重大 (Hong Kong Alliance to hold ”Patriotic Democracy March” this Sunday; expects high turnout at candlelight vigil this significant year), May 22, 2019

30 years ago: Protesters again stop troop advance
China Digital Times, May 22, 2019

Video: Tiananmen Square: China 30 years on
Financial Times, May 22, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

How China uses high-tech surveillance to subdue minorities
The New York Times, May 22, 2019

US Senate panel passes bill to address China Uyghur crackdown, camps
Radio Free Asia, May 22, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Thai police detain two Chinese refugees amid repatriation fears
Radio Free Asia, May 22, 2019

Canada takes in Chinese asylum seeker
Taipei Times, May 22, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

8天7部:间断一日后,CCTV6将继续播出抗美援朝影片 (In 8 days, China’s CCTV movie channel screened 7 movies depicting Chinese troops fighting U.S. during Korean War)
The Paper, May 23, 2019

Access to audit papers – state secrets – of mainland companies to help Hong Kong regulator’s investigations
South China Morning Post, May 22, 2019

中美贸易战:爱国歌曲成为中国的新武器 (Patriotic songs have become new weapon for China in trade war)
BBC, May 22, 2019

Australia a “laboratory” for Beijing’s global influence
China Digital Times, May 22, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Hundreds of teachers protest in China over poor pay
South China Morning Post, May 22, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

展示达赖喇嘛艾未未照片引中共不满 联合国人权峰会延期 (UNDP forced to adjourn human rights forum under China objection to pictures of Dalai Lama, Ai Weiwei in presentation)
Radio France Internationale, May 22, 2019

China factories releasing thousands of tonnes of illegal CFC gases, study finds
Agence France-Presse, May 23, 2019

China must prepare for difficult times, says Xi
Reuters, May 22, 2019

Xi requires new advances in rise of central China
Xinhua, May 22, 2019

Xi stresses military personnel education for strong armed forces
China News Service, May 22, 2019

Boy or girl? Hong Kong at centre of banned China gender test
Agence France-Presse, May 22, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

外交部:反對美國濫用國家力量肆意抹黑和打壓中國企業 (Hikvision hires U.S. expert to inspect its business in Xinjiang after reports of possible blacklist; China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticizes U.S. attacks on Chinese enterprises)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 22, 2019

China’s biggest surveillance company could be next on the White House’s hit list
Vice, May 22, 2019

U.S. weighs blacklisting five Chinese video surveillance firms
Bloomberg News, May 23, 2019

Huawei: UK-based chip designer ARM memo tells staff to stop working with China’s tech giant
BBC, May 23, 2019

Asian carriers step away from new Huawei smartphones
Nikkei Asian Review, May 22, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

德國難民局:港人申請庇護三年共接三宗 (Germany confirms 3 applications for asylum of Hong Kong citizens in past 3 years, details of third application unknown)
Ming Pao, May 23, 2019

黃台仰李東昇獲德國庇護 李家超:港德有引渡協定,但棄保潛逃不屬可引渡罪行 (Police will “follow legal procedures” on wanted fugitives, says Security Bureau chief; absconding is not within list of applicable crimes in extradition agreement with Germany)
The Stand News, May 22, 2019

Mong Kok riot fugitives offered asylum in Germany a “damaging blow” to Hong Kong’s reputation and likely to anger Beijing, analysts say
South China Morning Post, May 22, 2019

【禁民族黨運作】民族黨放棄上訴 陳浩天:司法制度無法伸張正義 (Hong Kong National Party foregoes appeal against party ban: “We all know the judicial system cannot grant us justice,” says leader Andy Chan)
The Stand News, May 22, 2019

【國歌法】律師會:應清晰定義侮辱國歌行為 3 年監禁不合比例 (Law Society of Hong Kong urges clarification of definitions in National Anthem Bill, calls 3-year imprisonment “disproportionate”)
The Stand News, May 22, 2019

Law against insulting Chinese national anthem in Hong Kong criticised for “imprecise” wording and specifying standards of decorum
South China Morning Post, May 23, 2019

Hong Kong police arrest student independence movement leader for allegedly damaging Chinese flag
Hong Kong Free Press, May 22, 2019

LGBT rights in Hong Kong: Following furore over Cathay Pacific advert showing same-sex couple banned on rail network and in airport, what next?
South China Morning Post, May 23, 2019

Philippines demands Hong Kong explain grilling of former official who accused President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court
South China Morning Post, May 22, 2019

Commentary, 评论

If Beijing wants an extradition law with Hong Kong – and elsewhere – it should reform its judicial process
South China Morning Post, May 23, 2019

What Amazon, Facebook, Google and other US tech companies are really after in China – data, not just market access
South China Morning Post, May 23, 2019

Three lessons Hong Kong can learn from Taiwan’s LGBT journey
South China Morning Post, May 22, 2019