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Leading Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:23 PM

At least 13 leading activists appear in court on Monday, July 13, to be formally charged with 'inciting' an unlawful assembly, which carries up to 5 years in jail

VIGIL. In this file photo, activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Half million Hong Kong people vote in pro-democracy primaries

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'Under the vicious national security law, many people worried if such participation would risk violating the law but many people still came out,' says organizer and legal scholar Benny Tai

POLLING. People queue to vote for New Territory East candidates during a primary election in Hong Kong on July 11, 2020. Photo by May James/AFP

Hong Kong police raid opinion pollster ahead of opposition vote

Jul 11, 2020 - 2:36 PM

The overnight move comes days after China imposed a sweeping new national security law on the financial hub after months of civil unrest last year

HONG KONG POLICE. Police charge towards protesters during a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong leaders, tycoons bid farewell to gaming magnate Ho

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, as well as her predecessors Leung Chun-ying and Tung Chee-hwa, are among the guests at the funeral of tycoon Stanley Ho

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) arrives for the funeral of late Macau tycoon Stanley Ho in Hong Kong on July 10, 2020. - Ho, who was known as the "godfather" of Macau casinos, died at the age of 98 on May 26 and was instrumental in turning the city on China's southern coast into a gambling boomtown, with gaming revenue surpassing Las Vegas. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong to shut all schools after virus cases spike

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Schools will close from Monday, July 13, bringing forward the start of the summer holidays after the city recorded an 'exponential growth' of locally transmitted cases in the past few days

COVID-19 IN HONG KONG. A man wearing a face mask walks in the Central district of Hong Kong on July 9, 2020, as the city experiences new local outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong tightens social distancing to combat new virus outbreak

Jul 09, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The city records 34 locally transmitted coronavirus cases on July 9, the highest daily tally in more than 3 months

COVID-19 IN HONG KONG. Hong Kong's Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan speaks during a press conference on retightening precautionary measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Hong Kong on July 9, 2020, after the city saw a new local outbreak. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's offer to Hong Kongers infuriates Beijing

A Chinese paramilitary police officer gestures while standing at the entrance gate of the Australian embassy in Beijing on July 9, 2020. Australia on July 7 warned its citizens they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations.  NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

What are Hong Kong police's new powers?

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Here are some of the key powers granted Hong Kong authorities when conducting national security investigations

Riot police clear a street as protesters gathered to rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. A man found in possession of a Hong Kong independence flag became the first person to be arrested under Beijing's new national security law for the city, police said on July 1. DALE DE LA REY / AFP

Hong Kong protesters let sheets of blank paper do the talking

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Since Beijing imposed the new security law on Hong Kong, even peaceful protests have become risky. At the occasional flash mob rallies taking place, though, sheets of blank paper have become the latest protest symbol.

Protesters hold up blank papers during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a new national security law introduced in the city which makes political views, slogans and signs advocating Hong Kong’s independence or liberation illegal. Hong Kongers are finding creative ways to voice dissent after Beijing blanketed the city in a new security law and police began making arrests for people displaying now forbidden political slogans. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Microsoft, Zoom join pause on Hong Kong data requests

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:21 AM

The 2 join Facebook, Google, and Twitter in pausing data requests from Hong Kong authorities


TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong after new security law

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'In light of recent events, we've decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,' says the Chinese-owned firm, becoming the first major social media platform to exit the city since the law was imposed last week

TIKTOK. This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Beijing's new security law says agents working for the office are exempt from Hong Kong's laws while carrying out their duties

NEW HQ. A man (C) looks out of the front door of the Metro Park hotel while other staff (R) look on in Causeway Bay on July 7, 2020, the hotel which is being retrofitted and turned into office for safeguarding national security. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Taiwan warns of counter measures if new Hong Kong law causes 'damage'

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:30 PM

'If the implementation of the national security law for Hong Kong were to cause any damage to our country or cause any irrational situation, we would consider counter measures,' President Tsai Ing-wen tells reporters

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

China censors Hong Kong internet, U.S. tech giants resist

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Online censorship plans include giving authorities the ability to control and remove online information, seize equipment of internet firms, and force companies to provide identification records and decryption assistance

HONG KONG. Riot police stand guard during a clearance operation during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a new national security law introduced in the city which makes political views, slogans and signs advocating Hong Kong’s independence or liberation illegal. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP


Facebook, Google, Twitter pause user info requests from Hong Kong govt

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:54 AM

'With the stakes so high, and the punishments so severe, it is great news to see big tech companies like WhatsApp pushing back in favor of democracy and freedom of expression,' says digital rights group ProPrivacy

HONG KONG. In this file photo, demonstrators in Hong Kong on June 9, 2020 mark the one year anniversary of the start of the pro-democracy protests. Shutterstock photo


'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

'The law makes me dislike China even more,' says 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP

Hong Kong police granted sweeping security surveillance powers

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:37 AM

The city's police chief will be able to control and remove online information

China accuses UK of 'gross interference' over Hong Kong

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The UK government says it will offer Hong Kong residents a broader path to citizenship in response to the sweeping new security law for the former British territory

A couple wear face masks as they walk along the Thames embankment in central London on January 28, 2020. Around 1,500 people who came to Britain from the Chinese epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in the past two weeks must put themselves in isolation, the UK health minister has said. Justin TALLIS / AFP

Hong Kong gov't tells schools to remove books breaching security law

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:35 AM

The order for schools to review and remove any contraband books comes two days after Hong Kong's libraries said they were also pulling titles deemed to breach the law for a review

CONTRABAND BOOKS. A women looks at books in a public library in Hong Kong on July 4, 2020. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China issues Canada travel warning in Hong Kong spat

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urges Canada to 'immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any way, so as to avoid further damage to China-Canada relations'

TRAVEL WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian packs up his notes after speaking at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Democracy activist Joshua Wong says world must 'stand with Hong Kong'

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:58 PM

Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists and a figure loathed by Beijing, speaks outside a court where he and fellow activists are being prosecuted for involvement in last year's democracy protests

JOSHUA WONG. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal as he waits for fellow activists before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Criticizing China abroad? Beware of Hong Kong security law

Jul 05, 2020 - 9:35 PM

One of the provisions of the highly controversial law expands the scope of offenses to cover people outside Hong Kong, even if they are not permanent residents of the Special Administrative Region

DEMONSTRATIONS. A protester holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists, and Tanya Chan, a well known pro-democracy lawmaker

Hong Kong - 27 May 2020: Pro-democracy Demosisto Party member Joshua Wong talks to media during an interview in front of the Central Government Complex on 27 May 2020 in Hong Kong, China . Shutterstock.com

'Hidden language': Hong Kongers get creative against security law

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Faced with the threat of prosecution for anything promoting greater autonomy or independence for the restless city, residents are using wordplay and even subverting Chinese Communist Party dogma to express frustration

'REFUSE TO BE SLAVES.' A man walks past graffiti, a line from the Chinese national anthem that reads, 'Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves,' in Hong Kong on July 3, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Canada suspends extradition with Hong Kong to protest China security law

Jul 04, 2020 - 12:19 AM

Canada is also halting exports of sensitive military gear to Hong Kong and updating its travel advisory so Canadians traveling there will know how the law might affect them

ARREST. Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China appoints hardliner to head new Hong Kong security agency

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Zheng Yanxiong – a party official best known for tackling protests on the mainland – will lead the office set up by the legislation that empowers mainland security agents to operate in Hong Kong openly for the first time

APPOINTMENT. This file photo taken on December 20, 2011, shows Zheng Yanxiong, then-Communist Party Secretary of Shanwei prefecture, speaking on television as villagers watch the broadcast in Wukan, Guandong province. China has appointed a hardliner involved in a clamp down against protests on the mainland as the head of Hong Kong's new security agency on July 3, 2020.  File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Hong Kongers scrub social media history in face of security law

Jul 03, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Despite assurances from Beijing that political freedoms would not be hindered, many Hong Kongers delete digital references of their opposition to China's ruling Communist Party

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The pitfalls of UK's citizenship offer for Hong Kong

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Do Britons want migrants?

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Activist Nathan Law flees Hong Kong as protest slogan outlawed

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:43 PM

'I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level,' Law says in a short English message to journalists, declining to say which country he has gone to

DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow face the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong businesses back new security law despite fears

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Rights groups and legal analysts have grave concerns, but many in the business community welcome the new Hong Kong security law as a way to restore stability

A barge (C) with banners that read “Celebrate the National Security Law” sails in Victoria Harbour on the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020. - Hong Kong marks the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China on July 1 under the glare of a new national security law imposed by Beijing, with protests banned and the city's cherished freedoms looking increasingly fragile. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

WATCH: Thousands defy protest ban as HK security law takes effect

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Thousands of protesters defy restrictions and take to the streets, even under Hong Kong's newly passed national security law

Hong Kong Bar Association 'gravely concerned' by security law

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:06 PM

The group says offenses 'are capable of being applied in a manner that is arbitrary, and that disproportionately interferes with fundamental rights, including the freedom of conscience, expression and assembly'

CRACKDOWN. Riot police detain a man as they clear protesters taking part in a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

Australia considering 'safe haven' offer to Hong Kongers

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:30 AM

China has warned its students and tourists before against going to Australia

Supporters of the same-sex marriage "Yes" vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. Australians voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry, official results showed on November 15, sending the task of legalising marriage equality to a deeply divided parliament. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

U.S. House moves to toughen sanctions over Hong Kong law

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:33 AM

'What's so sad about it is that the Chinese regime just thinks that they can act with impunity and repressing the spirit of democracy,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi says

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP

UK offers Hongkongers immigration rights after new China law

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Britain's new offer applies to an estimated 3 million Hongkongers but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab refuses to be drawn about how many would take up the offer

IMMIGRATION. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab as he makes a statement on Hong Kong, in the House of Commons in London on July 1, 2020. AFP PHOTO/PRU

EU says 'essential' that freedoms be protected in Hong Kong

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Hong Kong police say they arrested at least 180 people on Wednesday, July 1 – including 7 under a new national security law – as thousands of protesters defy a ban to rally on the anniversary of the city's handover to China

PROTESTS. Riot police (L) deploy pepper spray toward journalists (R) as protesters gathered for a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

Taiwan opens new office for Hong Kongers after security law

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchanges and Services in Taipei will, among other tasks, handle applications from Hong Kongers seeking to stay in Taiwan for 'political reasons'

DAY 1. Riot police deploy pepper spray at journalists as protesters gathered for a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

China to foreign critics: Hong Kong law 'none of your business'

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:39 AM

'What's this got to do with you?' says Zhang Xiaoming of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs office of the State Council

(FILES) In this file photo riot police officers stand guard ahead of a pro-democracy march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, as the city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. - The US Senate on June 25, 2020 unanimously approved a bill that would lay out sanctions on Chinese officials who undermine Hong Kong's autonomy as Beijing pushes forward with a controversial security law. The House of Representatives still needs to pass the bill, which would allow sanctions in the United States against Chinese officials and the Hong Kong police as well as banks that do business with them. The vote comes as China presses forward with a security law that would enforce punishment over subversion and other perceived threats in Hong Kong, which saw massive protests last year in support of maintaining the financial hub's freedoms. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong national security law: 5 key facts you need to know

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:06 AM

The law gives Beijing jurisdiction over cases, secret trials without jury, and a national security agency

Pedestrians walk past a group of riot police standing guard in a front of a shop in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. - Hong Kong police cast a dragnet around the financial hub's legislature on Wednesday, firing pepper-ball rounds and arresting hundreds as they stamped down on protests against a bill banning insults to China's national anthem. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong makes 1st security law arrests as thousands defy protest ban

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:17 AM

(UPDATED) Democracy advocates have long used the July 1 anniversary to hold large rallies as popular anger towards Beijing swells – although this year's event was banned for the first time in 17 years

RUN. Protesters occupying a road run after hearing police are approaching during a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

China must reconsider HK security law, 27 countries tell U.N.

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Signatories include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, and 15 European Union states including the Netherlands and Sweden

Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

New law says China has jurisdiction for 'serious' HK security cases

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:34 AM

'No matter whether violence has been used, or the threat of violence used, leaders or serious offenders will be sentenced for life imprisonment or a minimum of 10 years in jail,' the law says

PROTEST. People watch after police (bottom C) entered a shopping mall to disperse people attending a lunchtime rally in Hong Kong on June 30, 2020, as China passed a sweeping national security law for the city. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's HK security law will only target 'small minority' – Lam

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Carrie Lam insists that 'the law will not affect Hong Kong's renowned judicial independence'

'SMALL MINORITY.' In this file photo, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes part in her weekly press conference in Hong Kong on December 10, 2019. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong democracy figures resign after security law passed

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:31 PM

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Jeffrey Ngo, and Agnes Chow are ending their involvement in Demosisto, a party campaigning for universal suffrage and for foreign countries to sanction China for rights abuses

RESIGNING. Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Agnes Chow (R) of pro-democracy political group Demosisto hold a press conference in Hong Kong on May 30, 2020. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China imposes feared Hong Kong security law

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:14 AM

(5th UPDATE) The law takes effect hours after it was signed by President Xi Jinping and just 6 weeks since it was first unveiled

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

China to restrict visas for some Americans over Hong Kong row

Jun 29, 2020 - 5:13 PM

'China has decided to impose visa restrictions against American individuals who have behaved egregiously on matters concerning Hong Kong,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says

ZHAO LIJIAN. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Chinese lawmakers discuss Hong Kong security law ahead of expected vote

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:32 PM

The Communist Party leadership says the national security law is needed to end political unrest after the city was rocked by months of pro-democracy protests last year,

Activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong police ban major security law protest

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) The Civil Human Rights Front says the police rejected its applications for rallies on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the former British colony's handover to China

PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTERS. Pro-democracy protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, as the city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.N. experts denounce 'repression' of freedom in China

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Around 50 special rapporteurs and other experts denounce the 'repression of protest and democracy advocacy' in Hong Kong and urge Beijing to drop its controversial draft security law for the semi-autonomous city

RIOT POLICE. In this file photo riot police officers stand guard ahead of a pro-democracy march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. restricts visas for Chinese officials over Hong Kong

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:27 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US would restrict visas for unspecified current and former officials linked of the Chinese Communist Party 'who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong's freedoms'

CALL FOR FREEDOM. In this file photo, protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP