Human Rights Watch slams Hong Kong station’s joint police control

By Maya Wang

This article was originally published under the headline “China’s Fast Train to Erode Hong Kong’s Autonomy” on 17-June-2018 by Human Rights Watch. Link to original article: HERE

When Hong Kong was handed over from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, its inhabitants were reassured that their way of life would remain the same. That commitment was made legally binding through Continue reading “Human Rights Watch slams Hong Kong station’s joint police control”

Ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Lau Siu-lai will no longer contest disqualification, but may run in location election

By Alvin Lum

This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 30 May 2018
Link to original article:  HERE

Politician says ball is now in the government’s court over whether she can contest her former Kowloon West seat

Ousted lawmaker Lau Siu-lai confirmed on Tuesday that she Continue reading “Ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Lau Siu-lai will no longer contest disqualification, but may run in location election”

37 Swedish newspapers urge China to free detained publisher Gui Minhai

By HKFP

This article first appeared in HKFP on 6 Jun 2018
Link to original article:  HERE

Dozens of Swedish newspapers called Tuesday on China to release publisher Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swede who vanished into Chinese custody in January in murky circumstances for the second time.

Gui, one of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for Continue reading “37 Swedish newspapers urge China to free detained publisher Gui Minhai”

Lau Siu-lai may drop appeal against lawmaker disqualification after discussion with democrats

By Kris Cheng

This article first appeared in Hong Kong Free Press on 21 May 2018
Link to original article: HERE

Ousted lawmaker Lau Siu-lai says she will discuss with the pro-democracy camp whether to retract her appeal against her disqualification this week. Continue reading “Lau Siu-lai may drop appeal against lawmaker disqualification after discussion with democrats”

4 May – global protest day

By Vincent Kolo
This article first appeared in Chinaworker.info on 29 March 2018
Link to original article: HERE

Noam Chomsky among signatories of worldwide petition launched by Stop Repression in Hong Kong campaign

The Stop Repression in Hong Kong campaign is planning a day of worldwide protests on Friday 4 May. We urge readers around the world to participate in the protests against increasing political repression in Hong Kong and China. More information and campaign material can be found here. Continue reading “4 May – global protest day”

Beijing’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Warning on Independence Raises Questions in Hong Kong

By Lam Kwok-lap
This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 6 March 2018
Link to original article: HERE

A top Chinese official sent out a warning to Hong Kong on Tuesday that Beijing will adopt a “zero tolerance” policy towards anyone advocating independence for the former British colony, a political stance that is seen as a threat to national security. Continue reading “Beijing’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Warning on Independence Raises Questions in Hong Kong”

Hong Kong independence ideas must be suppressed, top China official Wang Huning warns city

By Tony Cheung
This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 6 March 2018
Link to original article: HERE

Fifth-ranking Politburo Standing Committee member urges Hongkongers to strengthen their sense of national identity, promising more initiatives to help them reap the benefits of the Greater Bay Area project

China’s propaganda tsar on Tuesday warned that Continue reading “Hong Kong independence ideas must be suppressed, top China official Wang Huning warns city”

Hong Kong democratic opposition fails to regain veto power in legislature

Reuters:Venus Wu

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp failed on Monday to regain some veto power in the city’s legislature in a pivotal by-election, struggling to draw what they hoped would be protest votes against creeping control from Communist Party rulers in Beijing.

The democrats won only two Continue reading “Hong Kong democratic opposition fails to regain veto power in legislature”

Freedom of Expression ‘Under Attack’ in Hong Kong As Democracy Activists Targeted: Report

RFA:Wong Lok-to

The London-based rights group Amnesty International on Thursday raised concerns over continued attacks on Hong Kong’s traditional freedoms, as the ruling Chinese Communist Party takes a more hands-on approach to the former British colony.

“Freedom of expression in Hong Kong came under attack as the Continue reading “Freedom of Expression ‘Under Attack’ in Hong Kong As Democracy Activists Targeted: Report”

Freedom score for Hong Kong hits seven-year low as Beijing’s ‘ever greater influence’ cited

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.