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Final posts by Hong Kong Pro-democracy Barrister #ChowHangTung Before Being Arrested by National Security Police

Source: Stand News #Sept8

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Final posts by Hong Kong Pro-democracy Barrister #ChowHangTung Before Being Arrested by National Security Police

On the morning of September 8, 2021, barrister Chow Hang-Tung was arrested at her law firm's office. Chow is the co-chair of a pro-democracy organization, The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, which had been the host of the annual candlelight vigil commemorating the victims of the 1989 June 4 Tiananmen Massacre for 30 years.

Chow was alerted to the police's arrival. As the police made their way upstairs, she posted to her Facebook: "Regretfully, I won't make it to Gwyneth's bail hearing."

Chow, who had been representing #GwynethHo in her #HKPrimaries case, also wrote: "They could have told me earlier they're coming to get me; then I wouldn't need to stay up all night preparing for the court stuff."

"The worst part about getting arrested now, is I haven't brushed my teeth. What if my bad breath knocks out the National Security police?" She also asked her Facebook followers: "Any last words for me before I go?"

She also posted one final picture of the view from her law firm office window: "Seeing this view for the last time ..."

#PoliceState #NationalSecurityLaw #PoliticalSuppression #HongKongAlliance

Source: Stand News #Sept8

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Chow Hang-tung: Do not kneel before a life that forces you to lie and suffer humiliation

https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/30988
#PoliticalSuppression
Support Group for Hong Kong's Pro-democracy Political Prisoners Faces Disbandment

#WallFare is a prisoner support group initiated by former pro-democracy lawmaker and social worker Shiu Ka-chun (#BottleShiu).

The group is known for providing support for detained and jailed pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and their families. The group has helped families purchase prison-approved supply for inmates, coordinated letter-writing schemes to help inmates communicate with the outside world, and offering counselling services for families.

The group has come under pressure from Hong Kong authorities, with Secretary for Security #ChrisTang accusing (without naming) organizations for recruiting prisoners to develop influence among inmates and endanger national security while incarcerated.

Shiu, who started the support group 9 months ago, said on September 14, 2021 that the group would be disbanded and that he would release a statement soon. "The most important for Hongkongers is to stay alive," he said.

Source: RTHK; Stand News; InMedia; Commercial Radio; Wall-Fare #Sept14

https://bit.ly/3C7cf4i

https://www.facebook.com/110620427293577/posts/457534862602130/

#PoliticalPrisoner #InmateSupport #WriteWithYou #LetterWriting
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The renewed version of "Movie Examine System" includes national security regulations that the Chief Secretary can ban the show.

#Movie #NationalSecurity #GoHKgraphics
China Evergrande bonds suspended as prices plunge

Bonds issued by indebted developer China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) slumped on Monday after a ratings downgrade led to restrictions on their use as collateral, prompting China's stock exchanges to halt trade.

The Shanghai Stock Exchange said in a statement that it had temporarily suspended trading in China Evergrande Group's 6.98% July 2022 corporate bond following "abnormal fluctuations." The exchange had also suspended trading in the bond on Friday.
 
Source : Reuters #Sep06 

https://t.co/Nb1jU2ifAB

#China #Evergrande #Shanghai #Stock
China Prepares New Anti-Sanction Laws for Hong Kong and Macau

China’s government is planning to introduce new laws in Hong Kong and Macau that could bar foreign entities and individuals in the cities from complying with sanctions against China, according to people familiar with the discussions.

The new laws are expected to mirror China’s own “antiforeign sanctions law,” which Beijing rushed through in June in response to sanctions imposed on the country by the U.S. and Europe, the people said.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday that the country’s legislature was scheduled to add provisions to the mini-constitutions of Hong Kong and Macau during a four-day session beginning Aug. 17, though it didn’t specify what changes would be made.

Source: WSJ #Jul28

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-prepares-new-anti-sanction-laws-for-hong-kong-and-macau-11627475091?st=r0lq99ql8jrm0kj&reflink=article_copyURL_share

#China #AntiSanction #HongKong #Macau
Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover #Beijing #WinterOlympics

Source: Washington Times #Sept7

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Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover #Beijing #WinterOlympics

//Some of the world’s largest broadcasters including American network #NBC are being asked by human rights groups to cancel plans to cover next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Winter Games are scheduled to open on Feb. 4, 2022.

The request comes in an open letter from rights groups representing minorities in China, including #Uyghurs, #Tibetans, #HongKong residents and others.

The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, was sent Tuesday to NBC Universal chief executive officer Jeff Shell and other international broadcast executives. NBC is paying $7.75 billion for the rights to the next six Olympics and works closely as a partner with the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee.

Those payments are estimated to account for up to 40% of the IOC’s total income. The letter says the broadcasters risk “being complicit” in the “worsening human rights abuses” in China.
The letter comes just days after the delayed Summer Olympics and Paralympics wrapped up in Tokyo, putting the focus on the IOC and its choice of Beijing.//

Source: Washington Times #Sept7

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https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/sep/7/broadcasters-urged-to-cancel-plans-to-cover-beijin/

#HumanRights #GlobalSolidarity #Broadcast
Shanghai University has claimed the college to report LGBT student list, including their political perspectives and psychological condition 
 

Source: Stand News #Aug29

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Shanghai University has claimed the college to report LGBT student list, including their political perspectives and psychological condition 
 
Recently the sex niche in mainland universities and colleges has been repeatedly suppressed. After the LGBT student WeChat groups in multiple universities have been deactivated, the Shanghai University has announced to claim all colleges report LGBT student list with their information like political perspectives for “school investigation”. Some LGBT groups concerned, sex niche students will be continually supressed, the law scholars questioned the relevant investigation may illegal.  
 
In the recent days there was an online internal document from Shanghai University, which showed the school is using reason of “school investigation” to claim, “colleges have to reflect all information of LGBT student”.  
 
That form claims to report the gender and education background of LGBT student, but also claim to report their state of mind and psychological condition, including political position, study and research, daily life, interpersonal relationship, life plan, health condition, bad condition, mental disorder, and illnesses.  
 
Source: Stand News #Aug29
 
https://bit.ly/3jSHgTf

 
#Shanghai #University #LGBT #Politics #Psychology #Suppression #WeChat #Investigation #HumanRights #Liberty  
China is becoming more assertive in international legal disputes

IN EARLY JANUARY the Communist Party published a five-year plan for the development of “socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics”. Most of the document is domestically focused, but one section is devoted to foreign matters. It calls on China to help shape international law, to turn itself into the first choice of jurisdiction when resolving cross-border disputes and to promote the use of Chinese law abroad.

Source: The Economist #Sep12

https://t.co/AzW7lB1Pz4

#China #CCP #Law #XiJinping
China threatens Australia with missile attack

In the face of an increasing torrent of abuse from Beijing, Canberra should seek a much clearer commitment from Washington that its United States ally will retaliate if China launches a missile attack against Australia.

As far as Australia is concerned, the growing torrent of threats and bullying from Beijing mean that we need to have a much clearer understanding from our American ally about extended deterrence—not just nuclear deterrence but also conventional deterrence against Chinese long-range theatre missiles with conventional warheads.
 
Source : The Strategist #Jul26

https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/china-threatens-australia-with-missile-attack/

#China #Australia #Missile #Beijing
#Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge after security law was enacted

//Google has provided user data to the Hong Kong government in response to three requests made between July and December last year, making it the first US tech giant to disclose its compliance with requests from the local authorities for user data after the national security law was enacted last June.

In total, the 42 legal requests it received during the six-month reporting period involved 46 user accounts, whilst the one emergency disclosure request involved a single account.

The tech giant said it still requires the vast majority of Hong Kong government requests to be processed through diplomatic procedures, including any national security law related requests…//

Read the full article
https://hongkongfp.com/2021/09/11/google-handed-user-data-to-hong-kong-authorities-despite-pledge-after-security-law-was-enacted/

Source: Hong Kong Free Press #Sept11
Image: Stand News

#Privacy #Data
Setting up a Lithuanian Representative Office in Taiwan Deteriorates the China-Lithuania Relation and Recalls Each Other’s Ambassadors

Taiwan will set up “The Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania”, the first Taiwanese representative office in European countries.

Lithuania originally has diplomatic relations with China. Therefore, this is the first time for Taiwan to set up a representative office in a country that already has relations with China. China then immediately recalls the ambassadors in Lithuania for protest. It is the first time for China recalling their ambassadors from European countries since the European Union establishment in 1993. China has also requested for recalling the ambassadors of Lithuania in China.

Source: Stand News #Aug12

https://bit.ly/3C23wQM

#China #Lithuania #Taiwan #RepresentativeOffice #Europe #EU #Ambaasadors #Diplomate
Hong Kong Police Orders Pro-democracy Group to Delete Content from All Digital Platforms

On September 16, 2021, Hong Kong police ordered The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China to remove the content of their website, Facebook page and other digital platform.

This is followed by the arrests of the group's directors, who were charged with the subversion of state, and the police raid of the June 4 museum, which was previously run by the group.

The Alliance is a pro-democracy organization established in Hong Kong which had been organizing the annual candlelight vigil commemorating the victims of the 1989 June 4 Tiananmen Massacre for 30 years.

The order was sent by a letter issued by the police commissioner on September 10. The organization was given 7 days to erase the content on all their digital platforms.

Source: Stand News #Sept16

https://www.facebook.com/710476795704610/posts/4544250728993845/

#PoliticalSuppression #Censorship #June4 #GreatFireWall #Internet
China hits back after EU official joins call for cooperation on pandemic origins probe

A joint statement asks Beijing ‘to reconsider its decision to not engage in the WHO’s proposal for the next phase of the COVID-19 origins study.’

In a veiled warning to Brussels, Chinese officials urged Wednesday an end to "politicizing the issue of origins tracing" amid growing pressure on Beijing to allow for a more thorough investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

The statement, made by China's mission to the EU, comes after Research and Innovation Commissioner Mariya Gabriel added her name on Tuesday to a group of scientific experts and government representatives from the U.S., Australia and Japan. In a statement, they called on the "Chinese government to reconsider its decision to not engage in the World Health Organization's proposal for the next phase of the COVID-19 origins study."

Source: Politico #Jul28

https://t.co/PRgbH8QYkw

#EU #Statement #China #Covid19