Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong Protests
© 2019 AP Photo/Vincent Yu

Prior to Hong Kong’s transfer to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, people in the territory were promised that rights and freedoms would be ensured under Hong Kong and international law. Over the next two decades, people used peaceful means to press for these rights, but the Hong Kong and Beijing governments have repeatedly backtracked.  In February 2019, Hong Kong authorities proposed legal revisions allowing criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, where due process rights are routinely violated. This prompted massive, largely peaceful protests starting in June. While authorities scrapped the revisions, they have ignored other demands, including for an investigation into excessive use of force by the police, while imposing new restrictions on expression and assembly.

Numbers Tell the Story of Hong Kong’s Human Rights

Protesters gather during a rally against the police's use of tear gas in Hong Kong, December 6, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Vincent Thian

The highs and lows of the Hang Seng index. Real estate prices. The cost of new cellphones. In the past, it was these sorts of numbers that some people in Hong Kong noticed.

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China: Respect Rights of Hong Kong Protesters

The Chinese government should respect the fundamental rights of Hong Kong’s people rather than target nongovernmental organizations, Human Rights Watch said today. A Chinese official threatened to impose unspecified “sanctions” against Human Rights Watch and several US-based pro-democracy organizations, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency on December 2, 2019.

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中国:应尊重香港示威者权利

人权观察今天表示,中国政府应尊重香港人民的基本权利,而非攻击非政府组织。据国营媒体新华社2019年12月2日报道,一名中国官员威胁对人权观察等多个美国推动民主组织实施未指明的“制裁”。

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Hong Kong: Prominent Activist Barred from Elections

Hong Kong democratic activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media in Hong Kong on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Wong announced plans to contest local elections and warns that any attempt to disqualify him will only spur more support for monthslong pro-democracy protests. © 2019 AP Photo/Kin Cheung

The Hong Kong Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) should immediately reverse its decision to disqualify the candidacy of Joshua Wong, a prominent pro-democracy activist, for upcoming district council elections, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 29, 2019, the EAC notified Wong that his candidacy for the November 24 elections was invalid.

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香港:知名社运人士被禁参选

人权观察今天表示,香港选举管理委员会(选管会)应立即撤回取消著名民主派人士黄之锋参选区议会资格的决定。2019年10月29日,选管会通知黄之锋参加11月24日选举的提名无效。

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