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Hong Kong’s Next Digital shares suspended after Jimmy Lai’s shares and other assets frozen

Trading in shares of Next Digital, the parent company of Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, has been suspended at the company’s request, the operator of the Hong Kong stock exchange announced on Monday. The government’s Security Bureau last Friday froze stocks and other assets owned by the company’s founder Jimmy Lai, citing ongoing […]

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Hong Kong’s school system is leaving non-Chinese minorities behind

Education a long time ago stopped being seen a luxury and became a basic need. However, whether it is equal for all in terms of quality and accessibility is a moot point. The fact that the United Nations lists Quality Education as Goal #4 among 17 Sustainable Development Goals, coming right after poverty, hunger and health, […]

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‘Covid-19 does not discriminate’: Thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers barred from Hong Kong vaccination programme

More than 13,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Hong Kong are barred from the government Covid-19 vaccination programme despite calls by global humanitarian bodies urgently to make the jabs available to the millions displaced worldwide. NGOs say the group are excluded from the current vaccination rollout because they are not recognised as Hong Kong residents. “Our […]

Hong Kong gov’t made 1,400 requests for user data from Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter in year before security law

Hong Kong authorities asked Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter for information on 1,399 users between July 2019-June 2020 and hundreds of requests were granted until the advent of the national security law caused the tech giants to stop cooperating, according to the companies’ transparency reports for the period. Embed from Getty Images It was not […]

‘Confusion and inconsistency’: Hong Kong gov’t under fire for forcing vaccinated people into 21-day Covid quarantine

The Hong Kong government is facing criticism for ordering people who have received Covid-19 vaccinations into quarantine centres along with other residents – a move which critics say could further discourage people from getting jabbed amid a slow take-up rate. All 1,027 residents of Tower 11 of the Caribbean Coast housing complex in Tung Chung […]

Legal experts launch advice website for Hongkongers amid growing number of arrests and charges

An international legal centre has launched a website advising Hongkongers how to react and what to expect if they find themselves facing arrest or prosecution, warning that the mounting number of criminal charges after the 2019 protests threatens to overwhelm the city’s lawyers. The “Know Your Rights HK” site has been created by experts and […]

Interview: Hong Kong’s ‘fragile’ freedoms had never taken root, says journalist Bao Choy following conviction over documentary

Journalist Bao Choy felt mystified when police knocked on her apartment door one November afternoon last year, but within minutes of entering her home they announced her alleged crime. On July 13, 2020, an investigative documentary she had produced was aired, and the freelance television producer was suspected by police of making false statements to […]

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Myanmar’s coup marks a continuing worldwide retreat from democracy

By T-Fai Yeung Myanmar’s coup is part of the retreat from democracy around the world. Some commentators see the balance of power swinging against the global democratic bloc unless a way can be found to deter the armed forces from committing crimes against humanity. Did the military over-react? February 1, 2021 was when the government […]