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 19, 2020

Access to Information (公众知情权)

北京“两会”高瑜被禁言 “六四”异议人士被软禁 (On eve of Two Congresses, veteran journalist Gao Yu is prevented from speaking out as individuals linked to June Fourth are put under house arrest)
Radio Free Asia, May 19, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

世卫成员国达成一致 对疫情进行独立调查 (World Health Assembly passes resolution to establish origins of covid-19)
Deutsche Welle, May 19, 2020

疫情大外宣不小心露了马脚 (Truth inadvertently exposed by epidemic propaganda)
Radio Free Asia, May 18, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong public broadcaster suspends satirical show hours after gov’t demands apology for ‘insulting’ police
Hong Kong Free Press, May 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Hong Kong extends social distancing rules to June 4, threatening annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil
Hong Kong Free Press, May 19, 2020

History exam row: Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam dismisses claims of political intervention, appears to misquote Mandela
Hong Kong Free Press, May 19, 2020

Hong Kong student group vows to challenge gov’t plan to scrap ‘biased’ history exam question
Hong Kong Free Press, May 19, 2020

China’s Hong Kong chief steps down from top political advisory post
South China Morning Post, May 19, 2020

六四晚會未獲批 李卓人斥林鄭「趁疫打劫」 倡遍地開花悼念 (Gov’t denies permission for June Fourth vigil; Lee Cheuk- yan urges small group gatherings, accuses Carrie Lam of using pandemic as excuse), May 19, 2020

回應內會事件 林鄭:做法恰當不必向公眾道歉 否認急於讓國歌法通過 (Carrie Lam defends guards dragging Legco members out of House Committee session: No need to apology for what's done appropriately; denies rushing to pass the National Anthem Law)
The Stand News, May 19, 2020

港區人大陳曼琪兩會提案 人大訂香港國家安全法 不經立法會直接實施 (Maggie Chan, Hong Kong’s delegate to NPC, proposes passage of Hong Kong security legislation by NPC, bypassing Legco review process)
The Stand News, May 19, 2020

Commentary (评论)

南非断线助功习近平第一发言 世卫沦“孔子学院”?(Did South Africa help Xi Jinping become the first speaker at WHA? Has WHO become a Confucius Institute "Confucius Institute"?)
Radio Free Asia, May 19, 2020