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Hundreds of #CivilServants in Hong Kong reportedly refuse signing the allegiance declaration and expecting to resign from Social Welfare Department

Source: Stand News #Feb16

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Hundreds of #CivilServants in Hong Kong reportedly refuse signing the allegiance declaration and expecting to resign from Social Welfare Department

The Civil Service Bureau issued a letter to all departments in the middle of January 2021, demanding all civil servants to sign a declaration of allegiance within 4 weeks. They have until the end of February to return the declaration, those who refuse to sign may be asked to quit.

The Social Welfare Department currently has more than 6,000 staff members, a current staff revealed that more than 100 people, including social workers and administrative staff, are rumored to be resigning from the department.

Kim, a staff who did not want to disclose their job title or name, mentioned to Stand News reporters, saying that he is still torn between whether to sign the declaration or not. The staff said that there is a lot to consider, for example, whether or not there are consequences to signing or whether he would be held accountable if he refuses.

He said he would have to cross a psychological hurdle to leave such a secure job in the current economic environment.

He also described it as a choice between "bread or dignity" "It is written on paper that we have to be loyal to the SAR and to the Basic Law. However, everything that has happened in the past year or two is still fresh in my mind. I still vividly remember those who went on the streets to protest against the power and how the government has treated them, signing the declaration makes me feel like I am surrendering to the regime."

"Should I remain at my job so that I can play my role and fulfill my responsibilities from the inside? or is this the moment when should I stand up for what I believe is right? I will have to make a decision."

He also said that not only civil servants but everyone under the National Security Law are either those who cannot speak freely or are faced with a difficult decision. He said, "In this era, I believe that people with a conscience will need to make a choice on when is the right time to take action to declare their stance."

Source: Stand News #Feb16

#FailedState #Resignation #SocialWelfareDepartment
The government claimed the measures in the past 26 lockdowns against COVID-19 had been effective and suspended "ambush-style" lockdown operation over the Lunar New Year holiday.

#COVID19 #Lockdown #GoHKgraphics
UK Revokes a China's Media CGTN Broadcasting license and Beijing Rebuts BBC as "Fake News”

Source: Stand News #Feb04

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UK Revokes a China's Media CGTN Broadcasting license and Beijing Rebuts BBC as "Fake News”

China Global Television Network (CGTN), a subsidiary of China’s state-owned China Central Television, has been repeatedly questioned as biased. The Office of Communications (Ofcom) in the UK announced to revoke the local broadcasting license of CGTN today. On the other hand, the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry criticized a BBC report from last month as fake news linking politics to the pandemic and asked for apologies.

Ofcom confirmed on Thursday after the investigation that Star China Media owned the broadcasting license of CGTN. However, this company has no right to control the editorial content of this station. Therefore, it does not meet the legal requirements for the license.

CGTN once requested to transfer the broadcasting license to a company called China Global Television Network Corporation. However, as the “important information” for the application is missing and the company are ultimately controlled by CCP, Ofcom refused the request for license transfer. Ofcom emphasized that they have already given enough chance to CGTN, but they still failed to comply with the law, so they decided to revoke its license.

Source: Stand News #Feb04

https://bit.ly/2OS5wIf

#China #Beijing #CGTN #CCTV #England #Britain #UK #BroadcastingLicense #BBC #FakeNews #CCP #Ofcom #License
Australia insists WHO inquiry into Covid origin must be robust, despite China tensions

Australia, whose early call for inquiry sparked furious Chinese response, says it expects ‘robust, independent and comprehensive’ report

When asked whether Australia was satisfied with China’s level of cooperation, a health department spokesperson told Guardian Australia: “Australia encourages all countries to engage openly and constructively with the evaluation process.”

Australia government’s public calls in April 2020 for a global inquiry into the origins and early handling of coronavirus triggered a furious backlash from Beijing, which argued it was a political manoeuvre against China.

Source: The Guardian #Dec28

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/29/australia-insists-who-inquiry-into-covid-origin-must-be-robust-despite-china-tensions

#Australia #WHO #CovidProbe #CovidOrginate #China
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Scott Morrison could tear up Victoria's controversial Belt and Road deal with China with WEEKS as PM declares there's 'no benefit' to Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed Victoria's controversial Belt and Road Initiative agreement with China has no benefits.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews who signed a memorandum of understanding in 2018 with China,
and other state premiers and chief ministers must detail to the Commonwealth all agreements made with foreign powers by March 10 for the assessment of the Federal Government

The intervention was made possible when Federal legislation was passed in December allowing the foreign minister to review and scrap state, territory, local council and public university deals with other nations.

Source: DailyMail #Feb15

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9260117/No-benefit-Scott-Morrison-tear-Victorias-controversial-Belt-Road-deal-China.html

#Australia #BRI #BRINoBenefit #China #CCP
#PoliceState #Arrest
Granny Wong arrested for mourning deceased pro-democracy student

Feb 22, 2021 marks 17 months after the death of 15-year-old prodemocracy student #ChanYinLam.

Prominent presence of the Police was seen at Tseung Kwan O to prevent citizens from gathering in monthly commemoration of the deceased.

At around 7pm on February 22, 2021, 64-year-old #GrannyWong arrived on the scene to pay tribute to Chan. She displayed a handbill that read, “Truth: Excerpts ≠ All”. Wong stood there on her own and chanted pro-democracy slogans.

Moments later, she was intercepted and searched by police officers nearby. Wong was later being arrested for inciting public disturbances and on suspicion of misconduct in public places.

Source: Apple Daily; #Feb22
https://bit.ly/3kbwh5O

#NeverForgive #NeverForget
#Renembrance
#FreeAgnes #PoliticalPersecution
#AgnesChow: Trying Hard to Adapt to Life in Prison

Source: Stand News; #Feb16

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#AgnesChow: Trying Hard to Adapt to Life in Prison

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow, a former member of #Demosisto, was arrested and imprisoned for 10 months on charges of inciting, organizing and partaking illegal assembly.

A friend of her visited Chow during the Lunar New Year and wrote on her Facebook afterwards. She said Chow’s life in prison was mostly about reading, listening to the radio and looking forward to receiving letters.

She said Chow has just finished reading #NorwegianWood and wanted to carry on reading books by Japanese authors #HarukiMurakami and #KeigoHigashino.

Chow told her friend to send gratitude to her supporters, saying that she is working hard to adapt to prison life.

"During the time in prison, my mental and health conditions have not been well. I hope I can take a break and regain my health once being discharged in June," said Chow.

Source: Stand News; #Feb16
https://www.thestandnews.com/politics/%E5%91%A8%E5%BA%AD-%E4%BB%8D%E5%9C%A8%E5%8A%AA%E5%8A%9B%E9%81%A9%E6%87%89%E7%9B%A3%E7%8D%84%E7%94%9F%E6%B4%BB-%E6%9C%9F%E5%BE%85%E6%94%B6%E4%BF%A1%E8%A7%A3%E6%82%B6/

#Prison #Reading #HongKongProtest
A Nominee of US Commerce Secretary Said: Huawei is Not Credible and has No Reason to Lift the Sanction

Source: Apple Daily #Feb06

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A Nominee of US Commerce Secretary Said: Huawei is Not Credible and has No Reason to Lift the Sanction

US Secretary of Commerce Designate Gina Raimondo made her first clear statement to Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei. She indicated that there is no reason to move out Huawei from the sanction list of US and cancelled the sanctions. She also described Huawei as “untrusted”, threatening national security in the US. Therefore, the US will cooperate with other allies to exclude untrustworthy Chinese companies from the construction of telecommunication networks.

When Raimondo attended the congressional nomination confirmation hearing last Tuesday, she did not state whether to continue to block Huawei. She made a written supplement to Congress this Thursday, indicating that she could not see any reason to remove Huawei from sanction list. “Regarding Huawei, let me make it clear: it is a security threat for the US and our allies if we use untrustworthy suppliers to produce telecommunication equipment.”

Source: Apple Daily #Feb06

https://hk.appledaily.com/international/20210206/R55RKCQ2HJDU5PPKJ4DZLZYUAQ/

#Huawei #China #UnitedStates #US #Raimondo #Telecommunication #NationalSecurity #Untrusted #Sanction
Myanmar protesters accuse China of backing coup plotters

Activists allege Beijing setting up ‘great firewall’ and call for boycott of Chinese products.

Since a week ago, Myanmar social media has been alight with rumours after a series of cargo flights confirmed by flight tracker websites from the Chinese city of Kunming landed in Yangon when the country’s airspace was restricted.

Protesters have speculated that the flights contained internet-blocking information technology software, or Chinese soldiers.

Anti-coup demonstrators have massed outside the Chinese embassy in Yangon over the past week, holding placards attacking Beijing or showing President Xi Jinping dangling senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta chief, by marionette strings.

Source: FT #Feb17

https://www.ft.com/content/43e6ecfe-081a-4390-aa18-154ec87ff764

#MyanmarCoup #ChinaBackMyanmarCoup #ChinaFireWall
U.K. Points to Political Risk in New Hong Kong Business Guidance

The U.K. highlighted increasing political risks in its latest guidance on conducting business in Hong Kong, pointedly dropping references to relations with its former colony as “positive” and “beneficial.”

The U.K. government updated its guidance Tuesday for the business risk level in Hong Kong to include a warning that a China-drafted national security law imposed last year was “already reducing the extent to which the people of Hong Kong are able to exercise their fundamental rights and freedoms.” The guidance also lays out recent political changes in Hong Kong, citing “increasing concerns” about

#Bloomberg

https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/u-k-points-to-political-risk-in-new-hong-kong-business-guidance

#Feb17 #PoliticalRiskInHongKong #HongKong #HKBusinessGuidance
Senior Liberal MP urges Trudeau cabinet to ‘wake up and smell the roses’ on China

Source: The Globe and mail #Feb16

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Senior Liberal MP urges Trudeau cabinet to ‘wake up and smell the roses’ on China

The Liberal chair of the Commons finance committee says a budget recommendation calling on Ottawa to pull out of the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank should serve as a “wake up and smell the roses” moment for Canada.

Liberal MP Wayne Easter, who also served as solicitor-general under Jean Chrétien in charge of Canada’s security agencies, said that Canada needs to recognize the serious threat China poses to western democracies. He also criticized the fact that universities are still conducting research projects with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

The Globe and Mail reported Monday that the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), a federal agency, is collaborating with the Canadian arm of Huawei to fund the studies.

Source: The Globe and mail #Feb16

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-senior-liberal-mp-urges-trudeau-cabinet-to-wake-up-and-smell-the-roses/

#Canada #ChinaHostageDiplomacy
#Court #818Rally #PoliticalPersecution
German Parliament Member: We should not give up on Hong Kong democracy advocates


Source: Stand News #Feb17

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German Parliament Member: We should not give up on Hong Kong democracy advocates

In Hong Kong, a number of pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong were accused of "organising and participating in the an assembly at Victoria Park on August 18, 2019 during the Anti-ELAB movement.

Among them were Lee Chu-Ming, Founding Chairman of the Democratic Party; Margaret Ng Ngoi-Yee, barrister and ex-Legislative Councillor; and Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, Founder of Apple Daily. They were charged of "oganising and taking part in an unauthorised assembly". The trial began in court on Feb 16, 2021.

In Germany, #GydeJensen, the youngest female member of the #GermanParliament, showed support for the pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. She uploaded photos of her holding up a sign which said “WE STAND WITH HONGKONG”. She also mentioned that she had made motion in the parliament, urging #Germany and the #EU to show more concern on human rights issues.

Jensen stated that the prosecution of the pro-democracy figures was undoubtedly a political one, and was part of Xi Jinping’s plan to silence the democratic movement in Hong Kong, so that Hong Kong people would give up their hope on freedom and democracy.

Jensen warns that the agenda also applied to the international level. She stressed that international figures could not let themselves get numbed by Hong Kong’s current situation, nor give up on Hong Kong’s democratic advocates.

Source: Stand News #Feb17

#GlobalSupport #JimmyLai #MargaretNg #StandWithHongKong #InternationalSociety
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Hong Kong Bar Association: Immigration amendment bill may affect HKers' Freedom of Movement

Source: Stand News, #Feb16

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Hong Kong Bar Association: Immigration amendment bill may affect HKers' Freedom of Movement

The Hong Kong Legislative Council (#LegCo) has been deliberating a proposed amendment bill to the #ImmigrationOrdinance, which would empower the Head of the Immigration Bureau to forbid passengers or crew members from boarding a plane.

The Hong Kong Bar Association (#HKBA) issued a statement on February 16, 2021, pointing out that the proposed amendment might hinder citizens’ rights to leave Hong Kong and contravene the #BasicLaw or the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance.

The Bar Association pointed out that there was a Court of Final Appeal case which stated that discretion could not be exercised lightly if the legislation involved restrictions on basic human rights.

The Association reiterated that the government should make it clear in the amendment bill so that the Ordinance would not be interpreted too loosely.

Given the general nature of the primary legislation, if the government wanted to reflect the legislative intent, it should clearly stipulate that the Head of the Immigration Bureau could only exercise limited powers in relation to incoming flights.

Source: Stand News, #Feb16

The Statement Issued by Hong Kong Bar Association:
https://www.hkba.org/sites/default/files/20210216%20-%20%20Statement%20on%20SB%27s%20clarifications%20on%20Immigration%20%28Amendment%29%20Bill%20%28Chi%29.pdf

#ImmigrationBureau #Power #HumanRights #FreedomofMovement #AmendmentBill