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”

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”

A Decade of Decline: IFJ launches 10th China Press Freedom Report

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This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 2 February 2018.

Today, the International Federation of Journalists launches the 10th edition of its annual China Press Freedom Report for 2017, entitled Ten-Year Edition: A Decade of Decline.

The IFJ China Press Freedom project has been the key monitoring and advocacy voice for journalists and media workers in China as well as Continue reading “A Decade of Decline: IFJ launches 10th China Press Freedom Report”

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

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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”

Nine activists guilty of contempt of court charges

RTHK

Nine pro-democracy activists have been found guilty for ignoring a court injunction during the Occupy Movement three years ago.

Eleven other co-defendants, including then-student leaders Joshua Wong Chi-fung – who was celebrating his 21st birthday today – and Lester Shum, had earlier pleaded guilty to contempt of court for obstructing bailiffs during the court-ordered clearance of the Mong Kok protest site. (Pictured, Joshua Wong being driven to jail on August 17 after sentencing).

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Global protests against Hong Kong repression

Protesters in at least 20 countries plan to demonstrate in solidarity with Hong Kong political prisoners and ousted lawmakers

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Lorenzo Rodríguez is the General Secretary of the Independent Democratic Farm Labourers’ Union in Mexico (Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democrático de Jornaleros Agrícolas). He’s also one of several workers’ leaders from around the world who has put his name to a petition against political repression in Hong Kong.

The petition ‘Global Solidarity – Stop Repression in Hong Kong’ has been signed by the six members of the Solidarity-People Before Profit group in the Irish Parliament (Dáil), along with political activists in dozens of countries from Indonesia to the US. These include elected councillors, dissidents, and relatives of political prisoners.

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Prison is an inevitable part of Hong Kong’s exhausting path to democracy

The Guardian
By Joshua Wong (first published 28 September 2017)

Life at the correctional facility is dull and dry; to be disconnected from the family and friends I have fought alongside is also tremendously painful.

But despite these difficulties, I remain proud of my commitment to the umbrella movement, which was born exactly three years ago today.

After reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography and the memoirs of the recently deceased Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, I can’t help but think: what are these British-style marching exercises and the bad food here in Hong Kong compared to their sufferings?

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Hong Kong: Freedom of expression under attack as scores of peaceful protesters face “chilling” prosecutions

Amnesty International
(Originally published 26 September, 2017)

The Hong Kong government must drop prosecutions aimed at having a chilling effect on freedom of expression in the city, Amnesty International said ahead of the third anniversary of the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement.

Three years on from the start of the unprecedented 79-day protest in late 2014, scores of protesters, who were arrested for their involvement in the largely peaceful protests, remain in legal limbo, uncertain if they will face charges.

“Three years since the Umbrella Movement protests, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over Hong Kong. The government’s stance is having a chilling effect on peaceful assembly and freedom of expression,” said Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

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Justice figure defends jailings

The Standard
September 20, 2017

Hong Kong’s retired chief prosecutor defended the push by the secretary for justice to lock up 16 activists who previously escaped jail sentences as there was “no choice” otherwise.

Former director of public prosecutions Ian Grenville Cross, SC, however agreed the Secretary for Justice, Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, as a politically appointed official, should in future consider assigning the prosecution power to the director of public prosecutions instead, as he was independently appointed.

“The case cried out for a review,” Cross, 66, said Continue reading “Justice figure defends jailings”