Lifting of presidential term limits plunges China and its autocratic regime into unchartered territory
The news from Beijing is historic – nothing less than a political earthquake with repercussions around the world. At its upcoming “parliamentary session” (the National People’s Congress, NPC, which starts next week), China will remove the two-term limit for the presidency and vice presidency. This confirms Continue reading “China: It’s official – Xi Jinping aims to be “Dictator for life””
HONG KONG (AFP-Jiji) — Protesters in Hong Kong gathered outside the government’s headquarters on Sunday evening after a leading pro-democracy activist was barred from standing as a candidate in upcoming elections.
The ban on 21-year-old Agnes Chow, who was at the forefront of mass
Continue reading “Protesters rally against ban on H.K. activist’s candidacy / Decision shows China’s tightening grip on polls”
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”