Dubbed the “A4 revolution” for the blank sheets of paper people have held aloft, dissent has spread across China in recent days, with unprecedented protests against rigid anti-epidemic measures igniting calls for broader freedoms and an end to leader Xi Jinping’s rule.
Beijing’s power to interpret the national security law should be used ‘sparingly,’ says top Hong Kong lawyer
Chairperson of the Hong Kong Bar Association Victor Dawes said that although the national security law “expressly provided for” interpretation by the NPCSC, the exercise of such power would “inevitably attract discussions and also criticism of our legal system.”
The engagement of UK lawyer Timothy Owen to represent media tycoon Jimmy Lai in his imminent national security trial has been at the centre of judicial back and forth, culminating on Monday with Chief Executive John Lee asking Beijing to interpret the national security law.
‘Golden era’ over: China a ‘systemic challenge’ to UK values, says PM Sunak after Shanghai journalist beating
Rishi Sunak said that the so-called “golden era” of UK-China relations trumpeted by former prime minister David Cameron was “over, along with the naïve idea that trade would automatically lead to social and political reform.”
“In mainland China, it is more easy to organise such protests than in Hong Kong. This is sad… I am just doing what I can do,” one protester told HKFP.
Wong – who was often seen at the 2019 pro-democracy protests – was taken to Queen Mary Hospital.
Hong Kong asks Beijing to intervene after top court blocks bid to stop media tycoon Jimmy Lai from hiring UK lawyer
The announcement came hours after a ruling from the city’s top court upheld an earlier decision to allow a UK barrister to represent media tycoon Jimmy Lai in a high-profile national security trial that is set to open on Thursday.
Hong Kong urged to legislate against light pollution as green group calls voluntary charter a ‘toothless tiger’
The Green Earth has called on the government to legislate against light pollution if the number of light nuisance complaints remains above the 2016 total, the year a voluntary charter was introduced.