Hong Kong ‘seeking arrest’ of fleeing activists

Image copyright EPA/Reuters Image caption Simon Cheng and Nathan Law are among those reportedly wanted under a new security law Police in Hong Kong are seeking the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile in Western countries, including the UK, media reports say. The group reportedly includes former UK consulate worker Simon Cheng, well-known[…]

Hong Kong postpones legislative elections over coronavirus fears

Hong Kong has decided to postpone its legislative elections by one year, after officials say coronavirus has worsened in recent months, dealing a blow to pro-democracy candidates over the delay. HONG KONG BARS PRO-DEMOCRACY CANDIDATES FROM ELECTION, SIGNALS INTENT TO UPHOLD NEW CHINA LAW Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference[…]

Hong Kong bars pro-democracy candidates from election, signals intent to uphold new China law

Hong Kong disqualified at least 12 pro-democracy nominees from an upcoming election after the government said the candidates failed to pledge allegiance to both Hong Kong and Beijing. Among those barred Thursday from the September legislative election are prominent pro-democracy activist Tiffany Yuen, incumbent lawmaker Dennis Kwok from the pro-democracy Civic Party, and Joshua Wong, an activist[…]

Hong Kong bars pro-democracy figures from election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Joshua Wong said the decision showed a “total disregard for the will of Hongkongers” Hong Kong authorities have disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates from upcoming elections, deepening political tensions in the Chinese territory. Opposition legislators had hoped to obtain a majority in the Legislative Council (LegCo) in September’s poll after Beijing’s[…]

Hong Kong pro-democracy leader fired from tenured university job

A tenured law professor and a leading figure in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement was fired from his university position Tuesday, less than a month after Beijing passed a new national security law in the semi-autonomous nation. Benny Tai, an associate professor of law at Hong Kong University, was sacked in an 18-2 vote by the university’s governing council,[…]

Vatican, Hong Kong diocese allegedly hacked by China ahead of landmark talks

The Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China, according to a monitoring group. The alleged attacks by a group called RedDelta began in May with[…]

Hong Kong leader warns hospital system could collapse as city on verge of ‘large-scale’ outbreak

Hong Kong adopted its “most stringent” measures yet to stem the spread of the coronavirus Wednesday, as Chief Executive Carrie Lam warned of a potential “large-scale” outbreak. The city has mandated face masks, banned dine-in services at restaurants and public gatherings of more than two people as cases continue to rise. Gyms, bars and salons have also[…]

Hong Kong brings in tough new virus measures

Image copyright EPA Image caption Facemasks have been made mandatory in public places Hong Kong is introducing some of its toughest measures yet to control the coronavirus, following a sustained peak in new cases. From Wednesday, dining in restaurants is banned and only two people from different households can meet each other. Face masks must[…]

China announces suspension of Hong Kong extradition treaties as fallout over new security law continues

China announced Tuesday that Hong Kong will suspend extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom after the group of countries took similar measures in response to its controversial new security law. The developments come as New Zealand became the fourth member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance – which also includes the U.S. – to announce the suspension of its extradition treaty with the semi-autonomous territory. “Judicial cooperation[…]