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”

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
Link to original article: HERE

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.

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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
Link to original article: HERE

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
Link to original article:  HERE

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
Link to original article:  HERE

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”

As Beijing Steps up Control, Hong Kong People Feel Increasingly Less Chinese

By Lam Kwok-lap

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia 21 Jun 2018
Link to original article:  HERE

The number of people who identify as “Hong Kongers” rather than as Chinese citizens or other possible identities stands at a 10-year high, amid complaints that the city’s autonomy is increasingly being eroded by diktats from Beijing, a new survey shows. Continue reading “As Beijing Steps up Control, Hong Kong People Feel Increasingly Less Chinese”

Hong Kong Gives Mainland Police Sway in New Train Station

By Austin Ramsy

This article first appeared in The New York Times 15 Jun 2018
Link to original article:  HERE

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious plan late Thursday to allow mainland Chinese police officers to operate in a section of a new train station scheduled to open this year.

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Hong Kong: Shock and anger at six-year jail sentence for Edward Leung

By Dikang, Socialist Action
This article first appeared in Chinaworker.info on 28 June 2018
Link to original article: HERE

‘Mongkok riot’ trials reveal a political agenda to deter the younger generation from resisting repression

Hong Kongers young and old have been shocked and Continue reading “Hong Kong: Shock and anger at six-year jail sentence for Edward Leung”

Harsh jail terms for pro-independence activists

By Venus Wu

This article was originally published under the headline “Three Hong Kong democracy activists jailed up to seven years for rioting” on 11-June-2018 by Reuters. Link to original article: HERE

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Three protesters from Hong Kong’s radical youth opposition were jailed on Monday for taking part in a violent unrest, receiving the harshest sentences handed down to democracy activists since the city returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Continue reading “Harsh jail terms for pro-independence activists”

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”