The timeline shows events which unfolded during Hong Kong’s 2019-2020 anti-extradition law movement.

  • General event: Denoting events directly related to the Chan Tong Kai case, the legislation process of the Extradition Law Amendment Bill and other court rulings related to the movement.
  • Taiwan’s response: Response of the Taiwan government or politicians (including lawmakers) towards the Chan Tong Kai case, the legislation process of the Extradition Law Amendment Bill and the movement in Hong Kong.
  • China’s response: Response of the PRC government or politicians (including members of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee or others who have close relation with it) towards the legislation process of the Extradition Law Amendment Bill and the movement in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong’s response: Response of the Hong Kong government (excluding lawmakers) towards the Chan Tong Kai case, the legislation process of the Extradition Law Amendment Bill and the movement in Hong Kong.
  • Protests, Rallies & Assemblies: Protests, rallies and assemblies in Hong Kong directed towards the legislation process of the Extradition Law Amendment Bill and the movement in Hong Kong.
  • Civil Society: Actions other than protests, rallies and assemblies in Hong Kong organised by the local civil society (including political parties and lawmakers) directed towards the legislation process of the Extradition Law Amendment Bill and the movement in Hong Kong.
  • International response: Response of governments and politicians (including lawmakers) from regions or countries (other than Hong Kong, Taiwan and China) towards the legislation process of the Extradition Law Amendment Bill and the movement in Hong Kong
  • International civil society: Response or actions of civil society in other regions and countries (other than Hong Kong) directed towards the legislation process of the Extradition Law Amendment Bill and the movement in Hong Kong.

Methodology and sourcing – click to view

The event timeline is also available in Chinese. It traces the origin of the legislative amendment since 2018, the whole debate surrounding the amendment bill in the first half of 2019, and the social movement in the second half of 2019. The research team referenced and consolidated different timelines produced by the media and other parties. On top of these, they added additional information by searching local news reports related to the movement via the WiseNews search engine. All major events were recorded and categorised, including responses of various stakeholders in the local and international communities, reactions of the Hong Kong and Chinese Central governments, protests, and assemblies. Original documents, such as public statements, official letters and voting records are also linked to the related events.


HKFP provides support to the ANITELAB Research Data Archive – a project of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong. View the project website here. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.