Hong Kong’s Basic Law is a constitution with Chinese characteristics, and not meant to lead to democracy

Ronald Chiu says the Basic Law only constrains the rights of Hongkongers and puts no limits on Beijing’s authority – and that’s why it must be replaced

By SCMP, Ronald Chiu

This article first appeared in the SCMP on 3 November 2018
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Hong Kong needs a new constitution, because under the Basic Law, we have no real democracy, no real means of amending the constitution and no real means to check Beijing’s powers. Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Basic Law is a constitution with Chinese characteristics, and not meant to lead to democracy”

Hong Kong in unprecedented democracy regression: report

Hong Kong authorities have been suppressing political dissent over recent years

By Huang Tzu-ti,Taiwan News

This article first appeared in Taiwan News on 16 October 2018
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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Hong Kong is undergoing the worst ever democracy regression since its handover to China in 1997 Continue reading “Hong Kong in unprecedented democracy regression: report”

Journalists Hit Out At Visa Denial to Foreign Correspondents’ Club Official

By Wong Lok-to, Radio Free Asia

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 5 October 2018
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Authorities in Hong Kong have rejected the visa renewal application of a Financial Times journalist who chaired a speaking event Continue reading “Journalists Hit Out At Visa Denial to Foreign Correspondents’ Club Official”

Britain not ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong politics, top UK diplomat says, as he reaffirms country’s commitment to city’s special status

Strengthening trade ties and remaining true to handover agreement at heart of Britain’s approach to region, adviser to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says

By Tony Cheung, SCMP

This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 17 September 2018
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London’s interest in Hong Kong should not be seen as a “threat or interference” in Chinese sovereignty, a top British diplomat has said.

Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary Continue reading “Britain not ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong politics, top UK diplomat says, as he reaffirms country’s commitment to city’s special status”

China tightens grip on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement

Following the ban of Hong Kong’s pro-independence party last month, residents now fear further erosion of the city’s civil liberties. Activists say the democracy movement needs to refresh its message to win new support.

By William Yang (Taipei), DW

This article first appeared in DW on 4 October 2018
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China’s annual National Day on October 1 is marked in Hong Kong with everything from official celebrations to protests against Continue reading “China tightens grip on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement”

Journalist visa refusal seen as body blow for Hong Kong press freedom

FT editor’s visa ban linked to talk he hosted in August with independence activist

By Clifford Coonan , The Irish Times

This article first appeared in The Irish Times on 9 October 2018
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When Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet flew home to Hong Kong this week, he was given seven days to pack his things and quit the territory. Days earlier, immigration authorities decided not to extend Continue reading “Journalist visa refusal seen as body blow for Hong Kong press freedom”

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
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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
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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.

The group of lawyers, including Po Wing-kay, the chairwoman of Continue reading “Top lawyers demand Hong Kong government explain legal basis for denying British journalist’s visa”

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
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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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