Friday, June 30, 2023
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Of thought crimes, laws for thee but not for me, yet another arrest by the national security police, and Taiwan matters
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Leaving on a Jet Plane: Final Images of Hong Kong by Photographers Who Have Emigrated Recently (despite clearly f**king loving Hong Kong) (Photo-essay)
Thursday, June 22, 2023
As of May 25 of this year, nearly the three-year mark, 251 people had been arrested for national security offenses under this and other laws. That is, someone was arrested on average every 4.2 days. Those arrested include legislators, journalists, students, academics, and political activists. Recently a Hong Kong student who allegedly posted pro-independence messages on social media while studying in Japan was arrested on a brief visit to Hong Kong, becoming the first person arrested for actions taken outside Hong Kong. Nearly four in five of those charged with national security offenses have been denied bail, and some have spent more than two years in detention awaiting trial. The conviction rate so far is 100%.Yet the impact of the NSL has gone far beyond the number of arrests or convictions. Major media organizations have been forced to close. Over 60 civil society organizations, including political parties, trade unions, humanitarian funds, professional groups, students unions, and human rights groups, have disbanded or moved out of Hong Kong. Books have been removed from the shelves of public libraries. A core secondary school class called Liberal Studies, alleged to have led young people to the streets in the 2019 civil unrest, has been abolished. The Legislative Council has been reconstituted so that it is comprised almost entirely of pro-establishment members, and the government has proposed reducing the elected membership of District Councils from 100% to 20%. The National Security Office tips hotline received over 400,000 reports from its launch on November 5, 2020 through April 2023, or more than 442 reports every day.
Monday, June 19, 2023
Updates on the Double Ducks, the Glory to Hong Kong saga, and the case of the Hong Konger arrested for social media posts made in Japan
Yuen Ching-ting, 23, had returned from Tokyo in February to renew her identity card and was arrested in early March — a day before her scheduled flight to Japan — over her posts on social media, the South China Morning Post reported...Police said in April that her posts included phrases such as “Hong Kong independence” and “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times”...The defense pointed out that most of the posts in the case were made overseas, with the court hearing that only two were made from Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post reported.
Yuen’s lawyers also referred to the statute of limitations for sedition offenses, set at six months, claiming that she made her last social media post more than a year ago in May 2022, Nikkei Asia reported.
But the prosecutor said Yuen’s posts to Facebook and Instagram came between September 2018 and early March this year, adding that they were accessible in Hong Kong even if they were created in Japan, the report said.