Reuter: Venus Wu, Greg Torode
HONG KONG (Reuters) – A group of Hong Kong lawyers on Monday condemned a ban on a democracy activist by the territory’s government to stop her from contesting a by-election, describing it as the suppression of free expression and a curb on voting.
The weekend ban on Agnes Chow, a close ally of Continue reading “Hong Kong lawyers condemn ‘unlawful’ disqualification of candidate”
Pro-democracy groups took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest the government’s decision to disqualify a prominent activist from legislative elections in March.
Agnes Chow, 21, was seeking to become Hong Kong’s youngest council member ever, contesting the seat of another “umbrella movement” activist, Nathan Law, 26, who was stripped of his seat for his role in the pro-democracy movement. Continue reading “Outrage in Hong Kong as activist is barred from polls”
Demosisto’s Agnes Chow is blocked from standing in March by-election with others likely to follow
As widely feared the Chinese dictatorship has begun blocking pro-democracy candidates from standing in upcoming by-elections to fill four of the seats left empty after the ousting of six opposition legislators last year. The move is the latest in Hong Kong’s creeping coup against the mass democracy movement.
Agnes Chow Ting, a 21-year-old spokesperson for Demosisto, a Continue reading “Hong Kong: Beijing rigs legislative by-elections”
US human rights NGO says ouster of pro-democracy lawmakers and jail sentences for Occupy protest leaders drove down score in annual report.
SCMP: Ng Kang-chung
Hong Kong’s latest global score for freedom has fallen to a seven-year low of 59 out of 100, according to an annual report by a Washington-based human rights NGO, which blamed the figure on Beijing’s “ever greater influence” on the city’s political affairs.
Report says freedom has deteriorated so much that independent monitoring groups should be established
The Guardian:Benjamin Hass
Hong Kong’s universities, long a beacon of academic freedom, bastions of freewheeling activism and discussion, are under threat and risk losing their internationally respected status, according to a report.
Universities are increasingly limiting freedom of expression, Continue reading “Academic freedom at risk at Hong Kong’s universities, says report”
The New York Times: CHRIS BUCKLEY
BEIJING — A Hong Kong-based book publisher with Swedish citizenship who was secretly spirited to China and held in custody for two years, igniting international controversy, has disappeared again in dramatic fashion — snatched from a train bound for Beijing under the eyes of two Swedish diplomats.
The bookseller, Gui Minhai, became a symbol of the Chinese government’s determination to smother criticism from abroad when he was Continue reading “Chinese Police Seize Publisher From Train in Front of Diplomats”
The Guardian: Tom Philips
Daughter says Gui Minhai was taken off train as he travelled to Beijing with group of diplomats
A Swedish publisher believed to have been abducted by Chinese agents after riling Beijing with his books about the peccadilloes of the Communist party’s elite has allegedly been snatched for a second time while travelling to Beijing by train with a group of European diplomats. Continue reading “Swedish bookseller ‘snatched by Chinese agents from train’”
By HKFP:Kris Cheng
The government has said three water cannon vehicles, costing HK$27 million, will be transported to Hong Kong in the first half of this year.
Undersecretary for Security Sonny Au said at the Legislative Council on Thursday that the vehicles are expected to be in service by the end of 2018. He also said the models are able to disperse coloured liquids to identify people causing offences, as well as shoot a pepper-based solution.
“The police have made preparations for Continue reading “Hong Kong police to receive 3 water cannon vehicles, worth HK$27m, this year”
By Channel NewAsia
Hong Kong’s mini-constitution – the Basic Law – clearly cites that national laws do not apply to the city apart from in limited areas, including defence. (Photo: AFP/Vivek Prakash)
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s imposing new harbourfront rail terminus promises a high-speed link with China but for some the station represents an existential crisis for the city, with nothing less than its cherished freedoms under threat.
Continue reading “Chinese law at Hong Kong rail station prompts legal battle”
This article was published in the HKFP with the headline ‘Hong Kong gov’t wouldn’t dare to bar me from running for legislature again, says by-election hopeful Edward Yiu’
HKFP : Kris Cheng
Former lawmaker Edward Yiu says he believes the government would not bar him from running in the Legislative Council by-election in March, given the strong mandate he obtained in Sunday’s pro-democracy camp primary election.
Yiu, who was disqualified from the legislature by a court in 2016 over the additional lines he added to his oath of office, has often been asked about the risk of being barred from running again.
“The government would not dare to Continue reading “Edward Yiu hits back at threat of by-election ban”