13 Jul 2020

600,000 vote in Hong Kong opposition primary despite fears of new security law

Up to 600,000 Hong Kong residents took part in a primary election for the city’s democratic opposition over the weekend, which occurs just 10 days after China passed and implemented harsh new security restrictions on the city. This security law was designed to reduce the number of pro-democracy candidates in

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06 Jul 2020

Hong Kong Libraries Pull Books for Review Under China’s Security Law

Books in Hong Kong libraries have been pulled from the shelves following strict new laws imposed on Hong Kong by China. The new national security law for Hong Kong is being used to restrict political discussion and prosecute those who speak out against the government. Several pro-democracy books were pulled

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01 Jul 2020

Hong Kong: First arrests under ‘anti-protest’ law as handover marked

The new anti-protest law in Hong Kong sparked international controversy, and the Hong Kong police have since made their first arrests under the new legislation imposed by Beijing as crowds took to the streets to mark 23 years since the end of British rule. At the demonstrations, several were arrested

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22 Apr 2020

Hong Kong Police Arrest Pro-Democracy Activists

On Saturday, Hong Kong police arrest 14 pro-democracy activists in response to the city’s pro-democracy protest movement that was at its peak before the COVID-19 outbreak. The arrests come as the region is still racked by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, pro-democracy activists have stated that they do not plan to

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20 Nov 2019

Former British consulate worker says he was tortured in China over UK’s role in Hong Kong protests

A former British consulate employee in Hong Kong claims that he was tortured in China and interrogated about the UK’s involvement with the pro-democracy protests. Simon Cheng was detained for 15 days while on a trip to China in August according to a statement made Wednesday. Cheng claims that he

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07 Feb 2019

Freedom House World Report: Where did Freedom Decline and Advance in 2018?

In total, 68 countries lost points in their democracy score in 2018, according to the annual Freedom House report. These outnumbered the 50 countries that achieved net gains. In total, 86 (44%) out of a total 195 countries received a “Free” rating, while 59 (30%) were rated “Partly Free,” and

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