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Letter: EU should heed lessons of Hong Kong in China deal

The EU thinks that the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) can bind China into better labour practices and fairer trade practices. This is an utter delusion.

In 2020, China demonstrated how they renege on its treaty-bound obligations to keep Hong Kong free for fifty years. It is disappointing to learn that the city-state’s death-knell does not teach the world anything about China.

Source: FT #Jan05

https://www.ft.com/content/d2b7b9f8-7d56-416d-9098-a0cca2dc6b8b

#SinoBritishJointDeclaration #HongKong #EU #China
Hong Kong arrests 53 for plot to 'overthrow' govt in latest crackdown on dissent

Mass arrest of 53 democracy activists on January 6 was the biggest crackdown since the National Security Law imposed by Beijing in June 2020.

“The Chinese Communist Party has further turned the screw in Hong Kong,” said Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong. “Liberal democracies around the world must continue to speak out against the brutal destruction of a free society.”

“The mass arrest of politicians and activists in Hong Kong is a grievous attack on Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms as protected under the Joint Declaration,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, adding that China had deliberately misled the world about its security law.

Source: Reuters #Jan06

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-hongkong-security/over-50-hong-kong-activists-arrested-for-breaching-security-law-media-idUKKBN29B025?edition-redirect=uk

#MassArrest #HongKong #NSL #NationalSecurityLaw
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The Desperation of Small Business Owner in Lockdown Area: The Government Never Helps

Mr. Lo who runs a restaurant at Shanghai Street is a resident in the lockdown area.

He told the media his desperation and frustration during the Hong Kong government's compulsory lockdown of the Jordan district which was announced at the last-minute at 4am on Jan 23, 2021.

Mr Lo said the food in his restaurant had all gone wasted. With the sudden announcement of the lockdown, he had no time to carry out contigency plan for his restaurant. Not only did his business come to a stop during the lockdown, but he also could not know when he can restart his business after the disruption.

Mr Lo said he is not the only one. He was disappointed that the government never aids small business in practical ways.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam claimed on Jan 23 that the operation caused no obstruction to civilians.

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"The Government Does Not Even Know There Are Cats in the Market": District Councillors Speak Up For Civilians in Lockdown Area

Directly elected district councillors working for the lockdown district talked to the press on the afternoon of Jan 24, 2021, responding to the authorities' intention to step up the lockdown measures in other areas, after the last-minute announcement of a compulsory lockdown at 4am on Jan 23, 2021.

The district councillors demanded the Hong Kong government to consider the obstruction and the loss caused to the affected residents and business operators, despite the authorities' denial.

The district councillors shared their concerns and the difficulties faced by the residents, workers and business owners in the restricted area.

For instance, in addition to many residents' complaints about the quality and the quantity of food provided by the government, some residents living at No. 40 Reclamation Street did not receive any food supply at all. To make it worse. the government's Home Affairs Department did not provide adequate support.

In another incident, a street stall operator asked the district council for help, as her two cats were locked up in the stall located in the restricted area. In the end, the firemen broke the padlock and released her two cats. Otherwise, her two cats, aged 10 and 25, could have starved to death after the two-day lockdown.

These incidents revealed the government's failure to understand the need of the civilians and the everyday operation of the community on the district level.

On behalf of the affected community, the district councillors demand the government to apologize and make corresponding compensation.

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HK Government Finds Only 13 Cases After Testing 7,000 Civilians in Lockdown Area

https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/28151

Civilians in Lockdown Area to Brace Themselves for the Next 48 Hours
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/28134

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#FailedState #JordanLockdown
Residents desperate for decent food after lockdown

Source: RTHK #Jan24
Photo: #FirstHand

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Residents desperate for decent food after lockdown

//A resident surnamed Cheng said he had been eating instant noodles for two days. He said he was going to leave immediately and have dinner at his mother's home. Another resident said she had also been living off instant noodles as she didn't have a stove. She said she would go and buy some warm food.

Meanwhile a man, surnamed Tsang, said he was relieved that he could finally get out of his home.

“I was so bored as I live alone. I had run out of everything. I need to buy a pack of cigarettes,” he said.

One man, a Muslim, said the government had failed to provide Halal food. Luncheon meat, containing pork which is forbidden to Muslims, had been included in government food packages, though other items, such as pasta and tinned tuna, were also provided.

“We don't have anything to eat because we are Muslims and we eat Halal food,” he said.//

Source: RTHK #Jan24
Photo: #FirstHand

http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1572130-20210124.htm

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Civilians in Lockdown Area to Brace Themselves for the Next 48 Hours
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/28134
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Vocal journalist in HK faces dismissal by government-funded broadcaster before probe result

Source: Apple Daily, #Jan22

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Vocal journalist in HK faces dismissal by government-funded broadcaster before probe result


#NabelaQoser, a journalist of #RTHK, who confronted Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam over her handling of the 2019 protests for multiple times, is facing dismissal after the public broadcaster ended her three-year-odd probation for a civil service post and offered her a contract for just 120 days.

Qoser’s probation was extended by 120 days in late September 2020, shortly before she was due to complete the three-year probation under civil servant employment terms in October.

The broadcaster launched a probe into her work, citing complaints received against her since July 2020. The results of the probe, originally due in January 2021, would determine if Qoser was to gain a coveted contract as a permanent civil servant.

Source: Apple Daily, #Jan22
https://hk.appledaily.com/news/20210122/ZU6IGCLILZAF5GTP4RBZ3L6RPU/

#RTHK #CivilServant #Journalism #Professionalism #PressFreedom #Reprisal
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International Bar Association Questions the Legality of HK Police Force in Crackdown on the City’s Democratic Voices

Source: Apple Daily, #Jan21

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International Bar Association Questions the Legality of HK Police Force in Crackdown on the City’s Democratic Voices

International Bar Association (#IBA) issued a statement on January 21, 2021, reprimanding the Hong Kong Police Force for cracking down the city’s democrats.

The Force arrested over 50 pro-democracy activists in early January, 2021 on suspicion of National Security breach. The Association questioned legality for the force to arrest and detain them.

The Chinese Communist Party government’s willful imposition of the #NationalSecurityLaw in Hong Kong in July 2020 has sparked questions and challenges among International legal professionals.

Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the IBA told Apple Daily that the National Security Law has shown Beijing’s attempt to hasten its malicious influence over Hong Kong.

Ellis expressed that the so-called “one country two systems” framework is in a “precarious state”. He carried on saying that the National Security Law has undermined the rule of law in Hong Kong, and it would also jeopardize the city’s position as an international investment and financial centre.

He believed that unless the Chinese government overhauls the National Security Law, the international community should consider taking collective countermeasures against the Chinese government.

Source: Apple Daily, #Jan21
https://hk.appledaily.com/local/20210121/XRSSOGCA2RGIJHYPNWUNQCQN4M/

#Barrister #MarkEllis #RuleofLaw #CCP