Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Not in a celebratory mood on Malaysia's Merdeka Day thanks to my memories of what happened in Hong Kong on August 31st, 2019
Monday, August 29, 2022
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Two films from very different worlds viewed at the 2022 Hong Kong International Film Festival! (Film reviews)
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
A documentary about volcanologists and a drama revolving around a teenaged gymnast at the 2022 Hong Kong International Film Festival (Film reviews)
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Two European offerings at the Hong Kong International Film Festival which got an 8 (out of 10) rating from moi! :)
Friday, August 19, 2022
Entertainment at the Hong Kong International Film Festival by way of "The Outsiders: The Complete Novel" and inspiration from "Navalny"
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Hong Kong is really beautiful but, alas, not without problems so bad that it's seeing record numbers of people leaving :(
More than 10,000 people have been arrested in the past three years for their alleged involvement in the protests, government criticism and pro-democracy political activities, according to Hong Kong government data. Of those facing charges, the vast majority are people below the age of 30, although they also include some of the city’s veteran opposition leaders...
Chinese “mainland-style criminal justice” and “lawfare” tactics have found their way into Hong Kong, said William Nee, research and advocacy coordinator at Chinese Human Rights Defenders.
“The volume of cases is part of it, and part of it is the lengthy legal process that people face – and we’re only two years into it,” he told Al Jazeera. “We predict it could go on for many, many years where people are unable to travel, unable to leave Hong Kong, unable to speak to the media, and unable to participate in public life,” he said...
The national security law has created a new criminal procedure in Hong Kong that strays from its common law tradition.
National security defendants are heard before a panel of three judges handpicked for terms of one year by the city’s chief executive, said Nee, which means the justices can easily be removed.
Unlike other criminal cases, there is no jury and defendants are almost exclusively denied bail while legal proceedings continue – often for months...
Sentencing has also become harsher regardless of age or past criminal record, said Steven Vines, a veteran Hong Kong journalist who left the city in 2021. Public order cases that once might have ended in fines or community service now attract prison time...
“People with no criminal convictions whatsoever are being given custodial sentences for things like unlawful assembly, which in the past would’ve incurred a fine, nothing more. People who are being convicted of more serious offences are getting sentences which are akin to armed robbers with a criminal record,” Vines told Al Jazeera...
[P]rosecutions of 2019 protesters are expected to continue over the next two years due to the lengthy backlog – the national security cases could take even longer due to the volume of evidence compiled by prosecutors and successive delays. In the meantime, much of Hong Kong’s opposition and civil society will remain silenced, exiled or in jail.