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, June 05, 2019

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

On This Day — June 5, 1989: Tank Man appears: A lone man stops a tank convoy heading for Tiananmen Square.
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HRIC’s “Unforgotten” project: profiles of June Fourth Victims
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‐ Profiles of the “Unforgotten”

Hong Kong keeps Tiananmen crackdown memory alive with “record-breaking” mass vigil
South China Morning Post, June 5, 2019

抹掉历史威胁世界: 为什么要记住六四 (Erasing history is a global threat: Why the world needs to remember June Fourth)
Voice of America, June 5, 2019

“Tank Man” statue rises in California desert park as democracy activists and Tiananmen survivors gather to mourn and remember
South China Morning Post, June 5, 2019

“I felt ashamed . . . . It was a disgrace”: Tiananmen soldier at Taiwan vigil urges comrades to testify
Hong Kong Free Press, June 5, 2019

【六四30年.短片】「天安門母親」成員張先玲講話全文 (Video: Tiananmen Mothers’ public address on 30th anniversary of June Fourth)
Ming Pao, June 4, 2019

Quiet reminders of Tiananmen in China’s capital of forgetting
South China Morning Post, June 4, 2019

黃雀行動港英角色曝光 暗助地下通道運作救400人 (What part did the Hong Kong colonial government play in Operation Yellowbird, rescuing over 400 mainland Chinese citizens after June 4, 1989?)
Citizen News, June 4, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

「殺人犯」遭逼供 冤獄23年殘軀獲釋 申請2千萬元國家賠償 (Man jailed for 23 years after forced confession and released as innocent makes legal claim for RMB 20 million in state compensation and public apology)
HK01, June 4, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

Silencing discussion of June 4, online and off
China Digital Times, June 4, 2019

China blacks out Tiananmen coverage in massive media lockdown
Voice of America, June 4, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Security tight on Tiananmen Square as victims’ relatives pay respects on massacre anniversary
Radio Free Asia, June 4, 2019

查建国致信全国人大要求调查六四开枪是谁下的命令 (Activist Zha Jianguo issues open letter to National People’s Congress demanding independent investigation on June Fourth, including who is responsible for order to open fire)
Radio France Internationale, June 3, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

The U.S. is losing Europe in its battle with China: The major strategic divide over how to deal with Beijing will outlast Donald Trump
The Atlantic, June 5, 2019

For Pelosi, it’s personal: US House Speaker meets Tiananmen survivors, blasts China’s “moral injustices”
South China Morning Post, June 5, 2019

A foot in both worlds: Students under suspicion in China and the U.S.
NPR, June 4, 2019

US universities brace for decline in Chinese students after Beijing warning
South China Morning Post, June 4, 2019

Beijing warns of US travel risks, harassment
The Standard, June 5, 2019

SEC probes Siemens, GE, Philips in alleged China medical equipment scheme
Reuters, June 4, 2019

China withdraws bid for Greenland airport projects: Sermitsiaq newspaper
Reuters, June 4, 2019

China’s $1.9 billion Belt-and-Road rail project in Kazakhstan goes off track
Bloomberg, June 3, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

中國數據安全管理草案面世,保障了誰、規範了什麼、 是否行得通?(China publishes draft data security regulations: Who is protected, what is restricted, and will it work?)
The Initium, June 5, 2019

Refinitiv blocks Reuters stories on Tiananmen from its Eikon platform
Reuters, June 4, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

June 4 turnout hits 10-year high
The Standard, June 5, 2019

Hong Kong residents worry about future of Tiananmen Square vigil
Voice of America, June 4, 2019

“More brutal than ever” China threatens Hong Kong freedoms, says wanted activist in Germany
Hong Kong Free Press, June 5, 2019

【逃犯條例】律師會:影響重大不該倉促修例 若政府堅持則應加強保障 (Law Society of Hong Kong speaks out against extradition law amendments: “The HKSAR government should not rush the legislative exercise”)
The Stand News, June 4, 2019

Commentary (评论)

Beijing needs sea change over June 4
The Standard, June 5, 2019

原來《黑鏡》都是真的:英國的監視科技系統,越來越像中國 (“Black Mirror” is real: U.K.’s surveillance technology systems are increasingly resembling China’s)
The News Lens, June 5, 2019

The death of Hong Kong as we know it?
The New York Times, June 5, 2019

30-year censorship and no accountability for Tiananmen: Here lies the hope
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, June 4, 2019

The West is complicit in the 30-year cover-up of Tiananmen
The Guardian, June 4, 2019

Raja Mandala: From Tiananmen to digital dystopia
Indian Express, June 4, 2019

UN should support calls for truth and justice over Tiananmen
ISHR, June 4, 2019

China since Tiananmen: Not a dream but a nightmare
Law & Liberty, June 3, 2019