Amid Growing Clampdown on Dissent and Free Speech, Hong Kong’s Youth Is Pushing Back

Rising levels of poverty and inequality are adding to the frustrations of young people in the country, most of whom want to be identified as Hong Kongers, rather than Chinese or even Hong Konger in China.

By Kunal Purohit, The Wire

This article first appeared in The Wire on 8 October 2018
Link to original article: HERE

Hong Kong: On September 28, when Hong Kong marked four years of the Umbrella Movement, 20-year-old Jessie Tse was Continue reading “Amid Growing Clampdown on Dissent and Free Speech, Hong Kong’s Youth Is Pushing Back”

Hong Kong bans pro-independence party as China tightens grip

Hong Kong National Party banned in the interests of ‘national safety’

By Lily Kuo, The Guardian

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 24 September 2018
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In an unprecedented move, Hong Kong has banned a pro-independence political party, causing outcry among critics who see the measure as another sign of China’s tightening grip over the city. Continue reading “Hong Kong bans pro-independence party as China tightens grip”

Top lawyers demand Hong Kong government explain legal basis for denying British journalist’s visa

Chairwoman of the Bar Association’s committee for constitutional affairs and human rights says the authorities should explain the legal basis for denying a work visa for Victor Mallet, the Asia news editor for the Financial Times

By Alvin Lum, SCMP

This article first appeared in SCMP on 9 October 2018
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Hong Kong’s top lawyers have questioned the government’s legal basis to deny a British journalist’s work visa, saying a controversial talk he moderated happened one month before the speaker’s pro-independence party was officially outlawed.

The group of lawyers, including Po Wing-kay, the chairwoman of Continue reading “Top lawyers demand Hong Kong government explain legal basis for denying British journalist’s visa”

Hong Kong’s move against free speech

De facto expulsion of the FT’s Asia news editor sends a chilling message

This article first appeared in Financial Times on 8 October 2018
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For more than two decades, citizens and residents in the former British colony of Hong Kong have enjoyed a wide range of freedoms and Continue reading “Hong Kong’s move against free speech”

‘Chilling message’: Hong Kong refuses to explain FT journalist visa denial

Learning the lessons of how democratic rights were won internationally

By James Griffiths, CNN

This article first appeared in CNN on 8 October 2018
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Hong Kong (CNN)The unprecedented denial of a visa to a Financial Times journalist “sends a chilling message to everyone in Hong Kong,” the paper said Sunday, as press groups and politicians in the city continued to denounce the move.

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Building worldwide solidarity against Carrie Lam’s repression

Learning the lessons of how democratic rights were won internationally

By Adam N. Lee, Stop Repression in Hong Kong

This article first appeared in Chinaworker.info on 26 September 2018
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The Stop Repression in Hong Kong campaign was set up in 2017 to coordinate international protests against the worsening political crackdown Continue reading “Building worldwide solidarity against Carrie Lam’s repression”

Hong Kong’s controversial high-speed rail link to China opens

Another costly white elephant project with sinister political implications

By Adam N. Lee

This article first appeared in Chinaworker.info on 26 September 2018
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It has been dubbed by some as the “Trojan train” because for the first time it legitimises the presence of Chinese police and security officials in the heart of Hong Kong. Continue reading “Hong Kong’s controversial high-speed rail link to China opens”

Hong Kong: Banning of political party marks serious escalation of political repression

Tiny Hong Kong National Party is being used as a test case for a wider political crackdown

By Socialist Action Reporters

This article first appeared in Chinaworker.info on 19 July 2018
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Hong Kong’s government has for the first time moved to ban a political party, as the Beijing-driven political crackdown in the territory widens. On 17 July, the Security Bureau served notice

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China to have joint immigration control of new Hong Kong rail terminus

By The Guardian

This article first appeared in The Guardian 15 Jun 2018
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Protestors say new law passed ahead of opening of high-speed links to Shenzhen and Guangzhou erodes Hong Kong’s autonomy

Hong Kong has passed a controversial bill giving mainland authorities joint control over a new rail terminus despite angry protests the move would erode the city’s autonomy from Beijing. Continue reading “China to have joint immigration control of new Hong Kong rail terminus”

Hong Kong Freedoms Rapidly Deteriorating, Warns HRW

By Eurasia Review

This article first appeared in eurasiareview 28 Jun 2018
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Hong Kong’s protection of civil and political rights is deteriorating at a quickening pace, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. July 1, 2018, is the 21st anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer from British to Chinese control. Continue reading “Hong Kong Freedoms Rapidly Deteriorating, Warns HRW”