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”

Ousted lawmakers Lau Siu-lai and ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung to lodge appeal over disqualifications

September 8, 2017

Former lawmakers Lau Siu-lai and “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung have decided to file appeals against their disqualifications from the legislature.

“I have asked for legal advice, I believe there is room [for argument] in appealing,”said Lau. “But of course there is risk.”

Two other recently disqualified lawmakers, including Edward Yiu and Nathan Law, had previously noted that the cost for appeal could be too high for them to bear.

Accountancy sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung said the existing pro-democracy camp lawmakers will share the burden of the HK$1.6 million in legal fees: “I am grateful our camp showed great unity in support of us,” said Lau. Continue reading “Ousted lawmakers Lau Siu-lai and ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung to lodge appeal over disqualifications”

Hong Kong’s rapid descent into repression

Washington Post, Editorial
August 19, 2017

IN 2014, as Hong Kong erupted into protests calling for free elections, Joshua Wong emerged as the face of the city’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. Just 17 years old at the time, he led demonstrators as they marched on a fenced government square and organized weeks of sit-ins thereafter. In the years since, he has continued to champion democratic reform, establishing a student-led political party that won a seat on the legislative council. Apparently, this was more than Beijing and the pro-China local government could bear: On Thursday, Mr. Wong and two other activists, Alex Chow and Nathan Law, were sentenced to six to eight months in prison for their role in the peaceful protests. Continue reading “Hong Kong’s rapid descent into repression”

Pro-Beijing politicians threaten to kill HK independence supporters

China worker
September 20, 2017

Government steps up political repression • University campuses the new battleground
Dikang, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong)

Hong Kong’s pro-government camp is stepping up its vicious campaign of repression against the pro-democracy camp, especially singling out supporters of independence. Support for independence has become increasingly popular among young people as the Chinese dictatorship’s repression intensifies and spills into Hong Kong. A June opinion poll showed 21.9 percent of those aged 25-39 support Hong Kong independence, a slight dip from 23.9 percent in 2016. But clearly, the ferocious campaign by the establishment and mainstream media to demonise independence has only had a very limited effect.
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