In June 2020, Beijing inserted national security legislation directly into Hong Kong’s mini-constitution – bypassing the local legislature – following a year of pro-democracy protests and unrest. It criminalised subversion, secession, foreign interference and terrorist acts, which were broadly defined to include disruption to public transport and other infrastructure. The move gave police sweeping new powers, alarming democrats, civil society groups and trade partners, as such laws have been used broadly to silence and punish dissidents in China.


Don’t judge Hong Kong judges – at least not all the time

We are urged by the Chief Justice not to level personal attacks on judges who make decisions we disagree with, a request with which I have no quarrel. His Lordship also points out, correctly, that many complaints about judges come from people who disagree with the result in a particular case. Well sometimes the results […]

June 12 two years on: Why Hongkongers’ collective memory and spirit of resistance endures

For many Hongkongers and people watching around the world, June 12, 2019 marked the beginning of the city’s bitter resistance against authoritarianism – first against the extradition bill that would have eroded political and judicial freedoms and later against rampant police brutality, and a regime that resorts to violence and cannot be held accountable. On […]


Hong Kong’s new loyalty oath is the final nail in democracy’s coffin

Veteran democrat Emily Lau brought their current dilemma into public view recently when she cautioned all her pro-democracy colleagues to “think twice” about contesting the next Legislative Council election. It was to have been held in September last year but was postponed, ostensibly due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has now been rescheduled for this […]

1989 Tiananmen Massacre: Keeping the flame alive in Hong Kong

By Hana Meihan Davis June 4th marks the 32nd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre — a deadly government crackdown on the otherwise peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators in the Chinese capital and across the nation. But this year, for the second time in Hong Kong’s history, the annual candlelight vigil is banned. Amid ongoing political repression, […]


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Compromise will lead to an ‘infinite expansion of the red line,’ says head of group behind Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Massacre vigil

Hong Kong barrister Chow Hang-tung told HKFP she would find some way to commemorate the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, a week before her reported detention by police on Friday. It comes as authorities again ban the commemorative candlelight vigil organised by the group she heads amid what she calls a climate of fear. […]

Interview: exiled activist Sunny Cheung says Hongkongers overseas must keep fighting to preserve city’s values

Last June 4, tens of thousands of black-clad Hongkongers pushed past metal barriers around Victoria Park to attend Hong Kong’s annual candlelight vigil commemorating the victims of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. In so doing, they defied a police ban which authorities said was necessary to protect public health during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was […]


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