In Pictures: ‘I want real universal suffrage’ – Macau voters protest on ballots amid record-low turnout

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said it is too early to draw conclusions from the legislative elections in neighbouring Macau, which saw a record low turnout and numerous blank or spoiled ballot papers after 21 opposition figures were banned from standing. “The right to vote and the right to stand for elections are […]

Macau: Legislative election turnout at historic low after opposition barred from running, gov’t blames weather and Covid

Macau has seen the number of blank and invalid votes shoot up amid a record-low voter turnout during its seventh legislative election, after 21 liberal and pro-democracy candidates were disqualified in July. Election officials attributed the poor turnout to the Covid-19 epidemic and the weather. Over 137,000 people — or 42 per cent of Macau’s […]


Macau media ‘gag’ forces Portugal out of its shell to issue stinging rebuke to China over its obligations

Last week the Portuguese Government issued a strongly-worded rebuke to Beijing over a controversial recent moves to censor Macau TV and radio, calling on China to abide by its international treaty obligations towards Portugal on fundamental rights. The rebuke came after HKFP revealed new guidelines issued to roughly 40 Portuguese and English-speaking reporters by the […]

Macau authorities must start taking human rights seriously

To the Macau police, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) seems to be no more than a piece of paper to be ignored as they wish, as evidenced by yet another depressing decision. A couple of non-resident workers sought to hold a vigil or demonstration about Myanmar’s military coup. Macau police thwarted […]


Dozens protest in Macau over Covid spending coupons, despite gov’t ban citing pandemic

Dozens gathered in a Macau square in a second protest in a month after authorities in the Special Administrative Region banned a protest, citing Covid-19 social distancing rules. Several dozen people gathered at Tap Seac Square on Sunday over Covid-19 spending coupons, even though organisers urged residents to stay away following the government’s ban on […]

Reporters at Macau broadcaster told to support ‘Hong Kong governed by patriots’, ordered not to oppose the authorities

Portuguese reporters at Macau’s largest TV and radio broadcaster have been given new guidelines requiring them to support the principle of “patriots ruling Hong Kong,” and staff have been told not to disclose information or express opinions contrary to the policies of China and Macau’s government. The Portuguese media outlet in the small casino city […]


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