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 28, 2019

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

On This Day — May 28, 1989: Arrests begin: Bao Tong, Zhao Ziyang’s former aide, is arrested in one of the first of tens of thousands of arrests in which protest leaders, participants, and sympathizers are detained across the country.
See HRIC chronology and resources.

《六四30年》:天安門母親冀延續抗爭力量 (June Fourth 30th anniversary: Tiananmen Mothers wish to continue the resistance)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 28, 2019

6 months after cancelled exhibition, new film about Chinese cartoonist Badiucao to air on Tiananmen anniversary
Hong Kong Free Press, May 28, 2019

Remembering the Tiananmen Massacre, 30 years on: “They died on the spot”
Radio Free Asia, May 27, 2019

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

Xinjiang (新疆)

China wages relentless crackdowns on its Muslims. But Saudi Arabia stays quiet as it bolsters ties with Beijing.
Washington Post, May 27, 2019

The German data diver who exposed China’s Muslim crackdown
Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2019

新疆针对失业青年实施“青年就业启航计划” (Xinjiang implements “youth employment initiation project” for unemployed residents aged 16-35)
People’s Daily, May 27, 2019
HRIC Note: The project, proclaimed as an initiative to aid local unemployment, commences by building a data server to host information on unemployed persons aged 16-35, including their names, data on family conditions, reasons for unemployment, career preferences, and skill levels. Authorities will also organize “tours of human resources markets and skilled-labor institutes,” and arrange for subsidies and placement in “vocational training camps and employment training workshops.”

Access to Information (信息公开)

After trade talks, China press crafts a controlled nationalist narrative
Columbia Journalism Review, May 27, 2019

遭學生舉報發表「損害國家聲譽」言論 重慶師大教授被貶圖書館工作 (Chongqing professor demoted to librarian after student accuses him of “damaging national reputation” in his lectures on Lu Xun )
The Stand News, May 27, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Orwell in the Chinese classroom
Made In China Journal, May 27, 2019

How Berlin became an unlikely home for China’s artists
The Atlantic, May 25, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

汪洋在四川甘孜调研时强调:扎实做好宗教工作和脱贫攻坚 努力实现藏区繁荣发展和长治久安 (Chair of CPPCC: Persist in Sinicization of religion, guide all to uphold CPC rule, increase quality of poverty alleviation)
People’s Daily, May 28, 2019

俄领事馆警告:入境中国将被检查手机内信息 (Russian embassy in Guangzhou warns: Russians entering China may be subject to phone searches, including secure messaging app content)
Radio Free Asia, May 27, 2019

Crackdown on foreign religious groups in Liaoning
Bitter Winter, May 27, 2019

China bridles at rare meeting between Taiwan and U.S. security officials
Reuters, May 27, 2019

China says “mutual respect” needed for any trade talks with US
Agence France-Presse, May 27, 2019

She thought she’d married a rich Chinese farmer. She hadn’t.
The New York Times, May 27, 2019

Beijing’s relentless march to eliminate poverty
Financial Times, May 27, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Xi seeks global tech cooperation after U.S. blocks Huawei
Bloomberg, May 26, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

【逃犯條例】林鄭月娥指外國領事過份憂慮 「承受幾多政治上批評都應該做」(Foreign consulates overly worried, says Carrie Lam, claiming extradition law amendment “should proceed regardless of how much political criticism we receive”), May 28, 2019

Top foreign diplomats express serious concerns about Hong Kong government’s extradition proposal at Legislative Council
South China Morning Post, May 27, 2019

Chief Exec. Carrie Lam declines democrats’ challenge to debate controversial extradition bill on TV
Hong Kong Free Press, May 27, 2019

Commentary (评论)

能讓中共不戰而勝的「吉斯林」第五縱隊,早已滲透進台灣 (“China’s Quisling” and the “fifth column” have already infiltrated Taiwan and will win the war for the CPC without a fight)
The News Lens, May 28, 2019

Taiwan’s same-sex marriage law should encourage rights reform across Asia
Nikkei Asian Review, May 27, 2019