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US sanctions: Carrie Lam and other targeted officials banned from advertising on Facebook

US social media giant Facebook has barred Chief Executive Carrie Lam and ten other local officials from using advertising tools on the platform after the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against senior figures. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Washington was acting because Beijing had violated its promise of autonomy for the […]

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Explainer: How Hong Kong banned 12 democrats from the legislative election

The Legislative Council Elections nomination period ended last Friday with Hong Kong’s government barring 12 pro-democracy candidates from the now-postponed race. Most electoral officers cited a past ruling that disqualified pro-independence activist Andy Chan from running in 2016 legislative elections. They wrote that “an intention to uphold the Basic Law denotes not just a compliance […]

Exclusive: Activist Nathan Law says China’s Hong Kong crackdown will backfire, as he vows to continue lobbying efforts

Activist Nathan Law left Hong Kong before the national security law was enacted, but he has told HKFP that relocating was the best thing he could do in order to serve the city’s protest movement. Now settled in London, the former student leader has been reaching out to politicians and lobbying for the pro-democracy cause. […]

Explainer: A city shackled – How Beijing’s security law transformed Hong Kong in one short month

Once a vague spectre, national security legislation became a reality in Hong Kong last month when – in less than six weeks – Beijing imposed a law granting authorities sweeping powers to clamp down on dissent. Drafted behind closed doors without local legislative input, the law ostensibly targets acts in the city deemed to threaten […]

Coronavirus: How Hong Kong’s visually impaired struggle with the pandemic

As her friend put a compact disc containing anti-epidemic information into the player, Lau Yuk-ping pricked up her ears to make sure she would not miss anything. There were multiple tracks detailing ways to maintain personal hygiene during the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 2,500 people in Hong Kong and led to 18 […]

‘I will continue until I have no other choice’: The art of bookselling under Hong Kong’s national security law

In the weeks since Beijing passed the Hong Kong national security law, political titles have been pulled from public library shelves, a protest slogan has been banned and students have been prohibited from political activities in schools. With lawyers, academics, and journalists expressing concern over the law’s vague wording, the future of free speech and […]

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New Uyghur stickers foster cultural resistance on messaging platform

By Filip Noubel Emojis representing Uyghur characters and culture are now available on the messenger platform Telegram in an effort by the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries to raise visibility. While Uyghurs living in China are experiencing unprecedented attacks on their most basic human rights, the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries (an estimated 350,000 people mostly in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and […]