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 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”
Calling for the right to use Tibetan language in schools is not a crime
Adam N. Lee, chinaworker.info
A nine-minute video made by the New York Times may cost Tibetan language rights activist Tashi Wangchuk fifteen years in prison. He is the latest victim in an unprecedented crackdown in which hundreds of dissidents and rights advocates have been arrested, abducted, disappeared, tortured, forced to appear in televised ‘confessions’ and in many cases served with harsh prison sentences as a deterrent to others who would challenge Beijing’s policies. Continue reading “Free Tibetan activist Tashi Wangchuk”
This article was published in the New York Times with the headline ‘How China Used a Times Documentary as Evidence Against Its Subject’
NYTIMES: JONAH M. KESSEL
During the eight years I lived in China, people would often say they felt as if they had no voice under Communist Party rule. This was especially true for minorities.
So when Tashi Wangchuk, a Tibetan herder turned shopkeeper, showed up at my apartment in Beijing in the spring of 2015, I of course wanted to listen to his story.
He told me the Chinese authorities on the Tibetan Plateau had been slowly eradicating the Tibetan language from schools and the business world. Mr. Tashi believed prohibiting the study of the Tibetan language went against China’s constitution. Continue reading “Tibetan language petitioner on trial for ‘separatism’”
Report by SCMP
Announcement comes as the authorities tighten control of content on the internet, amid already routine censorship of the media
China shut as many as 128,000 websites that contained obscene and other “harmful” information in 2017, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported late on Monday, citing government data.
Xinhua said 30.9 million illegal publications were confiscated over the course of the year, while 1,900 people were subject to criminal penalties, according to figures from the national office in charge of combating pornography and illegal publications.
China has been tightening controls over internet content as part of efforts to maintain “social stability”, taking on “vulgar” and pornographic content as well as the unauthorised dissemination of news. Continue reading “China shuts 128,000 ‘harmful’ websites in 2017: state media”
This short video, featuring ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (Long Hair) and Sally Tang Mei-ching of Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) has been produced by the Stop Repression in Hong Kong campaign.
Less than four minutes long, the video shows how the democracy struggle in Hong Kong has come under unprecedented attack in the past 12 months. One-fifth of the opposition in the legislature has been thrown out by the government and the courts on the flimsiest of pretexts. Young democracy activists have been served with harsh jail terms. Dozens of new political trials are looming in the first months of 2018.
The Chinese dictatorship is determined to stamp out Hong Kong’s culture of mass protests for democracy, which it fears could spread to China. Pressure is building from Beijing for the Hong Kong government – it’s puppet – to implement Article 23 national security laws that would massively curtail freedom of speech and make it a criminal offence to oppose the ruling ‘Communist’ Party (CCP).