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”

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.

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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”

Protesters rally against ban on H.K. activist’s candidacy / Decision shows China’s tightening grip on polls

TheJapanNews

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

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Hong Kong lawyers condemn ‘unlawful’ disqualification of candidate

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”

Outrage in Hong Kong as activist is barred from polls

Source: aljazeera.com

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”

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.

Surveillance and Silence in China’s Democracy Village

chinadigitaltimes.net

By Cindy

, once hailed as China’s “democracy village,” has become a site of intense government surveillance in recent years as President Xi Jinping continues to crackdown on civil society and individual rights. Streets within the village have been equipped with high-definition cameras and major areas have been sealed off by checkpoints and armed police. James Pomfret at Reuters reports:

A rare visit to Wukan by a Reuters team and interviews with half a dozen villagers and sources familiar with the situation revealed that the village and surrounding area remain tightly policed as the government tries to maintain security at all costs.

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China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square

New York Times
September 5, 2017

GENEVA — China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.

“China’s crackdown on human rights activists is the most severe since the Tiananmen Square democracy movement 25 years ago,” Kenneth Roth, the director of the agency, Human Rights Watch, said in Geneva on Tuesday at the introduction of a report that he described as an international “wake-up call.” “What’s less Continue reading “China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square”