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Hong Kong’s ‘bigoted, discriminatory’ LGBT refugee decision shows gov’t bill to speed up court cases won’t fix surge of legal challenges, NGO says

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers and a human rights organisation said on Wednesday that the government’s proposed legal amendments to speed up the handling of court cases – including those related to refugee non-refoulement claims – will not address the “root causes” of the judiciary’s heavy workload. They said that the surge in legal challenges in […]


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Interview: Law prof and rights expert Michael Davis says Beijing putting ‘severe pressure’ on Hong Kong courts, security law a rights violation

Beijing’s new national security law is aimed at crushing dissent in Hong Kong and its people could eventually face a broadly similar fate to those in Tibet and Xinjiang, says a law professor and human rights expert who spent 30 years in the city. The day after Beijing imposed the law on June 30, Professor […]

Why women face a battle to level up in Hong Kong’s e-gaming scene

By Salomé Grouard With at least 225 video games set in the territory, Hong Kong is the favourite location of many designers. And why wouldn’t it be? The city is a singular sight, with densely-packed streets, modern skyscrapers and a unique southern Chinese heritage. It’s the perfect backdrop. Paradoxically, the city’s professional gaming community lacks […]

In Pictures: University of Hong Kong tears down pro-democracy message board as campuses become free speech battleground

Hong Kong students are fearful that campuses could become a free speech battleground after authorities at the city’s most prestigious university tore down a “Lennon Wall” once plastered with messages of support for pro-democracy protesters. The walls were created to display articles, photos and posters to show solidarity with last year’s demonstrators, many of whom […]

‘Desperate times, desperate measures’: The Hong Kong protesters who want Trump to win a second term

By Sebastian Skov Andersen and Joyce Leung Next month’s US presidential election will be among the most closely watched in Hong Kong’s history. While Donald Trump is currently trailing in opinion polls, some pro-democracy supporters believe that only his re-election will guarantee the city’s continued existence as an entity distinct from mainland China.    At many […]


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Pro-China nationalists use intimidation to silence critics in Australia – but can they be countered without stifling free speech?

By Yun Jiang Last month, the University of New South Wales came under harsh criticism after its media team deleted an article and tweet in which Elaine Pearson, the Australia director of Human Rights Watch, expressed concern over China’s curtailment of human rights in Hong Kong. The tweet enraged some in the Chinese student community […]