The approval of the national anthem bill, viewed as an infringement on freedom of expression, followed the recent arrest of 15 veteran activists on charges of organizing and taking part in last year's demonstrations. The moves are seen as part of a steady erosion of rights that Hong Kong was guaranteed when it was handed over from British to Chinese rule in 1997. … [Read more...] about Worrying over future, Hong Kong defies ban to mark Tiananmen
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"If the government uses unreasonable excuses to ban certain activities, I expect Hong Kong people to resist by exercising their rights of civil disobedience," the politician said, adding: "We should understand the way similar laws work in China, and we can anticipate certain speeches being categorized as inciting subversion of state power." But at the same time, Ho also hopes Hong Kongers won't "lose liberty and face the possibility of going to jail." … [Read more...] about China’s security law: The end of Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status?
Human rights advocates claim that some national security cases are highly likely to be politically motivated, with defendants denied the right to a fair and open trial. Activists, dissidents, lawyers and other opponents of the government are routinely targeted by China's own national security laws, and often subjected to prolonged extralegal detention and even torture while awaiting trial. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong national security law: five key facts you need to know
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, pro-democracy activist Nathan Law, along with Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong, attends a press conference in Hong Kong. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location, he revealed on his Facebook page shortly after testifying at a U.S. congressional hearing about the tough national security law China had imposed on the semi-autonomous territory. In his post late Thursday, July 2, 2020, he said that he decided to take on the responsibility for advocating for Hong Kong internationally and had since left the city. less … [Read more...] about Activist leaves Hong Kong after new law to advocate abroad
The logo of Judiciary of Hong Kong is seen outside West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts, after a motorcyclist accused of riding into a group of policemen during the protest, while carrying a flag calling for the liberation of Hong Kong, has been charged under the newly passed national security law, in Hong Kong, China July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu … [Read more...] about Hong Kong man accused of terrorism in first use of new China security law