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 29, 2019

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

On This Day — May 29, 1989: Goddess of Democracy erected: During the night, students of the Central Academy of Fine Arts assemble the 37-foot-high statue of the Goddess of Democracy, built in two days out of plaster and Styrofoam. It stands opposite the giant portrait of Mao Zedong.
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Hong Kong has kept flame of Tiananmen Square crackdown alive for 30 years – but is the fire burning out?
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2019

30 years after Tiananmen, a Chinese military insider warns: Never forget
The New York Times, May 28, 2019

30 years ago: Students urge end to siege of square
China Digital Times, May 28, 2019

30 years on, Chinese dissident Wang Dan reflects on the Tiananmen Massacre
Agence France-Presse, May 28, 2019

Relatives of Tiananmen Massacre victims pay respects at cemetery
Radio Free Asia, May 28, 2019

Why we remember June Fourth
ChinaFile, May 28, 2019

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

Hong Kong activist keeping promise he made 30 years ago to ensure Tiananmen Square crackdown is not forgotten
South China Morning Post, May 28, 2019

30 years ago: Li Peng tightens grip
China Digital Times, May 27, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Labour activist Liu Shaoming marks four years in jail as crackdown continues
China Labour Bulletin, May 28, 2019

You can now avoid a traffic ticket in China if you post a social media confession
Radii China, May 26, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

In lecture to visiting US scholars, Chinese official picks up “clash of civilisations” theme
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2019

艺术家张玥故宫颁奖典礼提六四30年 遭全网封杀 (Media blackout on artist Zhang Yue after he mentions June Fourth in acceptance speech at Imperial Palace award ceremony)
Radio Free Asia, May 28, 2019

The Chinese state media anchor taking on Fox
Inkstone News, May 28, 2019

Xi meets representatives of overseas Chinese
Xinhua News, May 28, 2019

Minitrue: Bank tied to missing billionaire taken over
China Digital Times, May 27, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Q&A: Director Hao Wu on coming out in a Chinese family
China Film Insider, May 28, 2019

Badiucao, “China’s artful dissident”
China Digital Times, May 27, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China runs Confucian culture courses for religious leaders in bid to boost control
Associated Press, May 28, 2019

China’s religious leaders vow integration with Confucianism
Global Times, May 27, 2019

China rejects U.S. call for dialogue with Dalai Lama
The Hindu, May 28, 2019

China says U.S. demand on its state-owned enterprises is “invasion” on economic sovereignty
Reuters, May 26, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Who brings the internet to Africa’s remote regions?
Deutsche Welle, May 28, 2019

Chinese firms stole sensitive data from Swiss-based competitor
Swiss Info, May 27, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong judges see risks in proposed extradition changes
Reuters, May 29, 2019

劉鑾雄撤回對修訂逃犯條例司法覆核申請 (Joseph Lau to withdraw application for judicial review of extradition law amendment, says he hopes for “harmony and stability”)
Radio Television Hong Kong, May 29, 2019

Video: Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam pledges more adjustments to extradition bill, amid storm of criticism
Hong Kong Free Press, May 28, 2019

【專訪】戴啟思質疑提高引渡罪行門檻只是小修小補 (Philip Dykes criticizes raising rendition threshold to 7 years as “minor touch-up” to bill, emphasizes distrust of mainland legal system)
Now News, May 29, 2019

Hong Kong extradition bill: Government looks at allowing prison terms to be served in city
South China Morning Post, May 28, 2019

Legalising same-sex marriage in Hong Kong “impractical,” “waste of resources,” claims new equality watchdog chief
Hong Kong Free Press, May 29, 2019

“Now or never” for Hong Kong LGBT couples to secure right to marriage and civil unions, as court challenge to government begins
South China Morning Post, May 28, 2019

【逃犯條例】 專訪 FCC 前主席 Steve Vines:憂傳媒噤聲記者被捕 信港人不易投降 (Interview: Former FCC chairman Steve Vines speaks out on extradition amendments’ threat to press freedom in Hong Kong, has faith that Hong Kong people will not easily surrender)
The Stand News, May 28, 2019

Commentary (评论)

How Hong Kong barristers can strike a blow for gender equality by supporting a parental subsidy
South China Morning Post, May 29, 2019

Human Rights Watch mourns founder Robert Bernstein: Focus on activists, fellowships for youth define his legacy
Human Rights Watch, May 28, 2019

As Taiwan celebrates same-sex marriage, why is no one shouting about the shameful lack of women’s rights?
South China Morning Post, May 28, 2019