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#Interpol
Emirati general accused of torture, Chinese official win key Interpol posts

A senior UAE security official accused of torture has been elected president of global police agency Interpol, prompting concern from legal experts, human rights advocates and his alleged victims.

Critics are outraged by the election result. The campaign group Human Rights Watch's Gulf researcher, #HibaZayadin, called it "a sad day for human rights and the rule of law worldwide". She said the general was "a representative of arguably the most authoritarian government in the Gulf, one that equates peaceful dissent with terrorism".

Besides, China’s Hu Binchen was elected to the interpol Executive Committee. His candidacy was opposed by MPs of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (#IPAC)who are part of a global alliance representing democratic countries and who say his election would give Beijing the green light to misuse the agency; in particular the Red Notices issued for arrests of wanted fugitives.

“Hu’s election gives the PRC government a green light to continue using interpol as a vehicle for its repressive policies globally and places thousands of Hong Konger, Uyghur, Tibetan, Taiwanese and Chinese dissidents living abroad at even graver risk,” the IPAC statement read.

Hu is a deputy general in China’s Ministry of Public Security which oversees policing. 50 parliamentarians from 20 countries called on national governments to ensure Hu was not elected.

#HumanRights #China #UEA #RedNotice #CCP

Source: Stand News, BBC, the Guardian; #Nov25
https://thestandnews.page.link/333wZMHyphu3h2vj9
#Action #PressFreedom
Watch the Fall of Pro-Democracy Newspaper in Hong Kong

The Japanese government-owned public broadcaster, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (#NHK) produced a documentary that records the closure of the pro-democracy Apple Daily.

Watch Now:
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/2022341/

The film, titled “A Pro-Democracy Newspaper Shuts Down: Hong Kong” is set for on-demand viewing for only 1 month.

The paper was the most prominent media outlet in Hong Kong. Following 26 years of operation, it was forced into closure in June 2020, a year after China's imposition of the National Security Law in Hong Kong that curbs the city’s democracy and freedom of speech.

#NationalSecurityLaw #NSL #CCP #FreedomOfSpeech
Former District Councillors Participated in Demonstration in the UK

Source: Stand News, HKU #Oct02

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Former District Councillors Participated in Demonstration in the UK

Oct 1 is the China National Day. More than 100 HKers gathered for an assembly at Piccadilly Gardens in #Manchester, #UK. Event organisers included former Tuen Mun #DistrictCouncillor (DC) Chris Tsang Chun-Hing and Former Wan Chai DC Clara Cheung. They both mentioned that #HKers should promote our local culture in the UK.

The event lasted for half an hour and was hosted by Abingo, Social Media Page #ManchesteHongKong administrator. Aged 30, he arrived UK half a year ago with a BN(O) visa. He explained that the assembly's theme is "#WeUnion", as the speakers combined with #valiant and #PRN, hoping that HKers would not be easily separated.

Former DC: Build the culture and identity from daily to arts

Chris Tang, former Tuen Mun DC, was one of the organisers. He arrived UK a few months ago with BN(O). He used "#MIRROR", a Hong Kong Cantopop boy group, as an example that there were cheering events in London which stated that HKers could export the culture in daily life in the UK. He also hoped to become a bridge between people in the UK and HKers, building up linkage with them and letting people in the UK to understand the Hong Kong situation.

Clara Cheung, Former Wan Chai DC, was also one of the organisers. She was previously an art curator and she actively integrated art into community while at the position. She indicated that the Hong Kong cultural sector was discussing how to bring Hong Kong cultural art to the world. And that "HKers are now scattered across the world". As long as we proactively create artworks, it will build HKers identity. She also believed that HKers should communicate with other exile people who have similar ideas and share cultural assets such as Cantopop, Hong Kong food as well as stories. Throughout the interaction, HKers can build their own culture.

Editor note: In the #AntiELAB movement in 2019, Hong Kong protesters are classified into 2 groups - "the valiant" and "the PRN". "Valiant" refers to people in the frontline who clash directly with the police. "PRN" means "peaceful, rational, nonviolent" people who support peaceful rallies and marches.

#ChinaNationalDay #SelfIdentity #HKculture #BNO

Source: Stand News, HKU #Oct02

https://bit.ly/3H0uL1l https://www.interpreting.hku.hk/glossary/?p=71706
As the Northern Metropolis was mentioned in the 2021 Policy Address, environmental groups raised concerns about the ecosystem in Hong Kong.

#WWF #HKBWS #NorthernMetropolis #Wetland #GoHKgraphics
#Court
Ex-Civil Servant in Hong Kong seeks #JudicialReview over government's allegiance pledge

Source: Citizen News; #Nov30

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Ex-Civil Servant in Hong Kong seeks #JudicialReview over government's allegiance pledge


In Hong Kong, former assistant taxation officer Wong Chau-ming - who had been working in the Inland Revenue Department since 1996 - filed a writ with the high court on November 29, 2021. Wong was forced to retire after he challenged the Hong Kong government's necessity for civil servants to take a loyalty pledge.

It is the first judicial review application filed by a #CivilServant concerning the pledge since the Hong Kong SAR Government announced the mandatory requirement for civil servants to pledge support for the #BasicLaw and allegiance to the SAR Government.

Although Wong submitted a signed declaration on August 12, 2021, he was informed by the commissioner of inland revenue that his pre-retirement leave would take place from August 31 to October 24 and that his retirement would take effect on October 25, 2021.

Wong stated the retirement order was irrational as he had signed the declaration and there is no good reason for the authority not to accept it. He added the order was "tainted with procedural impropriety" because he was not given a reason for being directed to retire.

Source: Citizen News; #Nov30
https://bit.ly/3rjNnUG

#FailedState #Regime #Pledge #Loyalty #Retirement #PoliceState
#Boycott
Women's Tennis Association suspends all tournaments in China amid concern for female tennis player #PengShuai


Source: BBC; #Dec2

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#Boycott
Women's Tennis Association suspends all tournaments in China amid concern for female tennis player #PengShuai

Chinese female tennis player Peng Shuai, aged 35, disappeared from public view for three weeks after accusing Chinese former Vice-Premier #ZhangGaoli of sexual assault.

#WTA chief Steve Simon said he had "serious doubts" that Peng was "free, safe and not subject to intimidation".

"In good conscience, I don't see how I can ask our athletes to compete there," he said.

News of the WTA suspending tournaments in China has been removed from the internet in the country, although the WTA's account on Chinese social media site Weibo is still available.

Read full statement:
https://www.wtatennis.com/news/2384758/steve-simon-announces-wta-s-decision-to-suspend-tournaments-in-china

Source: BBC; #Dec2
https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/59498779.amp

#MeToo #Harrassement #Tennis #Sports #ChineseOfficial
#PressFreedom #Award
Jimmy Lai and Apple Daily Editors win Golden Pen of Freedom Award

Source: Citizen News; #Dec2

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#PressFreedom #Award
Jimmy Lai and Apple Daily Editors win Golden Pen of Freedom Award


Hong Kong media mogul #JimmyLai and the staff of the shuttered Apple Daily newsroom have been awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers.

Lai, who founded #AppleDaily, has been detained for nearly a year on charges under the National Security Law, including colluding with foreign forces and endangering national security. He is expected to spend his 74th birthday on Dec 8 behind bars.

Lai’s son, Sebastien Lai, accepted the award on behalf of his father. He said that “journalism is at the forefront of history,” and that “it records the present and informs the future. It is a check against the powerful, and the voice of the people in times of strife.”

Apple Daily, one of Hong Kong’s most popular Chinese-language newspapers, closed in June after authorities used the controversial National Security Law to arrest the editor-in-chief and four other senior executives.

“With Apple Daily closing in Hong Kong, and a crackdown against journalism across the region, there will be less and less people shining light in these dark corners.”

Sebastien Lai said, adding “Thank you very much for this award but please keep dad, the Apple Daily newsroom in Hong Kong, and the people of Hong Kong in your thoughts as these events unfold.”

#GoldenPen #Media #Award #PoliticalOppression #NationalSecurityLaw

Source: Citizen News; #Dec2
https://bit.ly/3EkUSyy
#Court
Hong Kong Court-apported liquidator attempts to take control of the #AppleDailyTaiwan Assets

Source: RFI; #Nov26

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Hong Kong Court-apported liquidator attempts to take control of the #AppleDailyTaiwan Assets


On November 26, 2021, the Taiwan based Economic Democracy Union (#EDU) warned potential breaches of human rights and national security ramifications after a Hong Kong court-appointed liquidator sought permission to order Taiwan-based #AppleDaily and #NextMagazine to turn over all of their assets.

The union, a consortium of non-governmental organizations, urged the Taiwan government to take immediate action to ensure that Hong Kong’s #NationalSecurityLaw would have no foothold in #Taiwan.

According to a lawyer of the EDU, Taiwan would be in its rights to ignore the demands because they have not been reviewed by Taiwanese courts, and because Taiwanese courts can decline to enforce foreign laws.

Likewise, the EDU has framed the issue as significant in needing to prevent the Hong Kong National Security Law from encroaching upon Taiwanese sovereignty. The EDU also emphasized the potential dangers if the Apple Daily turned over information to Hong Kong authorities as a result of the seizure of its assets.

The liquidator is court-appointed, following the Apple Daily’s closure in June 2021. Hong Kong courts also froze 18 million Hong Kong dollars in company funds, preventing it from paying its workers, not long after courts moved to freeze assets of company CEO #JimmyLai.

Source: RFI; #Nov26

https://www.rfi.fr/cn/%E6%B8%AF%E6%BE%B3%E5%8F%B0/20211126-%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF%E6%B8%85%E7%9B%A4%E5%AE%98%E4%BF%83-%E5%8F%B0%E8%98%8B-%E4%BA%A4%E8%B3%87%E7%94%A2-%E6%B0%91%E5%9C%98%E6%86%82%E6%B3%84%E6%96%B0%E8%81%9E%E6%9D%90%E6%96%99-%E6%9B%B4%E6%81%90%E5%9C%8B%E5%AE%89%E6%B3%95%E5%9C%A8%E5%8F%B0%E6%8F%92%E8%B6%B3

#PoliceState #Assets #Liquidation #Arrest #CrossStraits
Former US admiral says China 'their own worst enemy' as tensions rise in South China Sea

The Olympics, the fall of Kabul and the damage wrought by Delta have all occupied the world's focus in the past few months.

But in the waters to Australia's north, foreign navies have been gathering and critical diplomatic deals have been done. 
All to ensure China does not control the South China Sea through direct force or by intimidation.

I think that it behooves all of us who are like-minded countries, who support the idea of a free and open Indo-Pacific," former US Indo-Pacific Commander and former US ambassador to South Korea, retired Admiral Harry Harris, told 7.30.

"We should be concerned about China's aggressive actions, not only in the South China Sea, but elsewhere."

Source: ABC #Sep13

#US #China #Australia #SouthChinaSea

https://t.co/rFt6baVgQt
#Mainlandization #Regime
Hong Kong Government Appoints Designated Lawyers to At Least 8 National Security Case Defendants

Source: Stand News; #Nov29

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Hong Kong Government Appoints Designated Lawyers to At Least 8 National Security Defendants


In Hong Kong, at least eight defendants of National Security Law cases, who had successfully acquired legal aid, failed to nominate the same lawyer who was originally in charge of the case to continue representing them in ongoing court cases. 

Instead, they were re-assigned to lawyers designated by the government's Legal Aid Department.

Responding to media inquiry, the Department revealed that, as of 22 November 2021, 29 cases involving National Security Law have been granted Legal Aid assistance. Among these cases, the Government appointed 20 lawyers and 19 barristers, including 2 senior legal counsels.

The Department cited the so-called "Legal Aid Improvement Measures" as a reason, but refused to reveal the date when the new measures would be fully implemented.

Nevertheless, the Department confirmed that the option to nominate lawyer has been removed from the Legal Aid application form. The government claimed that this is "in support of the preparatory works necessary for the Legal Aid Reform".

Source: Stand News; #Nov29
https://thestandnews.page.link/p6XfWgtHsVLDp6vW7

#Court #AppointedLawyer #Defence #LegalAidDepartment #FailedState #PoliticalOppression
#Regime #WhiteTerror
Hong Kong Authorities Allegedly Threaten International Media on Election Reportage

Source: Stand News; Wall Street Journal #Dec5

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Hong Kong Authorities Allegedly Threaten International Media on Election Reportage

On November 29, 2021, the Wall Street Journal (#WSJ) published an editorial titled "Hong Kong Says Vote—or Else."

It refers to the Legislative Council (#LegCo) Election which has been postponed by the Hong Kong government for a year. With the majority of the pro-democracy camp jailed and detained, the election will now take place in December. The newspaper described the situation as how "China fears a boycott of the sham vote it will hold next month."

The newpaper wrote:
"We bring you this message from Hong Kong because China’s Communist Party wants the world to forget how it crushed the autonomy it promised to the territory. On Monday authorities issued arrest warrants for two pro-democracy exiles who used social media to recommend that Hong Kongers boycott sham legislative elections scheduled for December."

4 days after the release of the editorial, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, #TsangKwokWai, of the Hong Kong government sent a letter to the newspaper, denying all the claims.

On December 5, 2021, Wall Street Journal published the letter as a reader's opinion article, with the caption "Hong Kong Issues a Threat to the WSJ: We reserve the right to take necessary action,’ writes the regime, flagging an editorial for ‘incitement'."

While the Election is scheduled on December 19, 2021, Tsang's letter issued in December said the election will take place "next month".

#ErickTsang #FailedState #LegCoElection

Source: Stand News; Wall Street Journal #Dec5

https://www.wsj.com/articles/hong-kong-china-wsj-threat-election-legco-democracy-freedom-protest-ccp-11638575014

https://www.thestandnews.com/politics/%E8%8F%AF%E7%88%BE%E8%A1%97%E6%97%A5%E5%A0%B1%E7%A4%BE%E8%AB%96%E6%8F%90%E6%9D%AF%E8%91%9B%E9%81%B8%E8%88%89-%E6%9B%BE%E5%9C%8B%E8%A1%9E%E5%8E%BB%E4%BF%A1%E8%AD%A6%E5%91%8A%E7%85%BD%E5%8B%95%E4%B8%8D%E6%8A%95%E7%A5%A8%E9%81%95%E6%B3%95-%E4%BF%9D%E7%95%99%E6%8E%A1%E5%8F%96%E5%BF%85%E8%A6%81%E8%A1%8C%E5%8B%95%E6%AC%8A%E5%88%A9
Hong Kong demonstrators in London and Liverpool: we only remember the shot Tsang Chi-Kin on the 1st October.

Source: Stand News #Oct02

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Hong Kong demonstrators in London and Liverpool: we only remember the shot Tsang Chi-Kin on the 1st October.

October 1st marks the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Hong Kong residents demonstrated in London, Liverpool and other cities in the United Kingdom. In London, the Hong Kong Liberty, together with other groups of Hongkongers, Tibetans, and Uyghurs held a joint rally and march, which were attended by about 1,000 people. Winnie, a participant, expressed her belief that this day is not a day to celebrate for the Hongkongers. “I believe that many Hongkongers, starting from 1st October, will only remember Tsang Chi Kin, (the youngster in exile) who was shot with a live bullet (not the Chinese National Day)”.

At the rally, Finn Lau, who is wanted by the Hong Kong police and living in exile in the UK, said that Hongkongers, Tibetans and Uyghurs are all victims and that we are united in organising today's rally to amplify our voices so that the international community can hear them more easily. “Never give up the faith.”

Source: Stand News #Oct02

https://bit.ly/3y0Ykfb

#HongKongers #HongKongersinUK #ChineseNationalDay #ChineseNationalDayDemonstrations #UK #London # Liverpool #HongKongLiberty