Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong police arrest dozens in bid to prevent China national day protest
    HONG KONG, October 1 (Reuters): Hong Kong riot police patrolling the route of a banned anti-government march arrested dozens of people on Thursday, stopping crowds from gathering as Chief Executive Carrie Lam hailed the city's "return to stability" at China national day celebrations. Police were seen rounding up more than 50 people downtown and binding their wrists with plexicuffs before putting them on buses. Police said in a Facebook post that they were looking
  • China rebuked by West at U.N. rights forum on Hong Kong, Xinjiang
    GENEVA, September 25 (Reuters): Western powers called on China on Friday to restore basic legal rights in Hong Kong and open up to scrutiny its remote Xinjiang region where more than one million ethnic Uighurs are held. The rare rebuke of China came at the U.N. Human Rights Council where the European Union, Britain, Australia and Canada were among those voicing mounting concerns about both areas. "No state should be above the law, China's turn has come," John F
  • HK court rejects Joshua Wong's challenge to 2019 election disqualification
    HONG KONG, September 23 (Reuters): A Hong Kong court rejected on procedural grounds on Wednesday a challenge by pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong to his disqualification from district elections in the city last year. Opposition politicians and activists had been watching Wong's challenge closely as they press their campaign for greater democracy in the Chinese-ruled city through conventional politics and protests. Wong, 23, was the only candidate in the district council
  • HK leader says cannot demand rights protection for 12 arrested by China
    HONG KONG, September 22 (Reuters): Hong Kong has no legal basis to demand that any particular rights be extended to 12 Hong Kong people detained in China as they tried to flee by boat and they will have to face the law there, the city's chief executive said on Tuesday. The 12 were arrested on Aug. 23 for illegal entry into mainland Chinese waters after setting off from Hong Kong in a boat bound for self-ruled Taiwan following a crackdown on pro-democracy activists in t
  • U.N. experts decry Hong Kong security law in letter to China
    GENEVA, September 4 (Reuters): U.N. human rights experts have told China a new security law for Hong Kong "infringes on certain fundamental rights" and voiced concerns that it could be used to prosecute political activists in the former British colony. In a rare joint letter made public on Friday, 48 hours after it was sent to the Chinese government, they also said provisions of the new law appear to undermine the independence of Hong Kong's judges and lawyers, an
  • HK court says media tycoon Jimmy Lai not guilty of criminal intimidation in 2017 case
    HONG KONG, September 3 (Reuters): A Hong Kong court declared media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai not guilty of criminal intimidation on Thursday, ending one several cases against him after his high-profile arrest last month under a new national security law. Thursday's verdict was for a case that dates back to 2017 and was unrelated to his arrest. Lai, who is a key critic of Beijing, had used foul language when confronting a reporter from Oriental Daily News, a maj
  • U.S. ends agreements with Hong Kong which says it is a 'pawn'
    WASHINGTON, August 20 (Reuters): The U.S. State Department said it notified Hong Kong on Wednesday that Washington has suspended or terminated three bilateral agreements with the semi-autonomous city following China's imposition of a sweeping national security law. The ending of the agreements follows U.S. President Donald Trump's order last month to end Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” a
  • Hong Kong leader says won't take U.S. sanctions against her to heart
    HONG KONG, August 18 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she was not too bothered about U.S. sanctions against her but the Chinese-ruled city will complain to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about a new U.S. requirement on Hong Kong-made products. The United States this month imposed sanctions on Lam and other current and former Hong Kong and mainland officials whom Washington accuses of curtailing political freedom in the financial hub. "Despite s
  • Japan says concerns over Hong Kong growing, after activist Agnes Chow arrested
    TOKYO, August 13 (Reuters): Japan's foreign minister said on Thursday the arrests of Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow and media tycoon Jimmy Lai raised questions over freedom of speech and the press in Hong Kong and Tokyo's concerns over the situation were growing. Chow, released on bail after her arrest under the new National Security Law, earlier thanked Japanese people for their outpouring of support, urging them to not to forget Hong Kong. "Japan&
  • Hong Kong's Apple Daily vows to fight on after owner arrested
    HONG KONG, August 11 (Reuters): Hong Kong's Apple Daily tabloid responded with defiance on Tuesday to the arrest of owner Jimmy Lai under a new national security law imposed by Beijing, promising to fight on in a front-page headline over an image of Lai in handcuffs. Readers queued from the early hours to get copies of the pro-democracy tabloid a day after police raided its offices and took Lai into detention, the highest-profile arrest under the national security law. &
  • Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under security law, bearing out 'worst fears'
    HONG KONG, August 10 (Reuters): Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai became the highest-profile person arrested under a new national security law on Monday, detained over suspected collusion with foreign forces as around 200 police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper. Mainland-born Lai, who was smuggled into Hong Kong on a fishing boat when he was a penniless 12-year-old, has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent cr
  • U.S. imposes sanctions on Hong Kong's Lam, other officials over crackdown
    WASHINGTON, August 7 (Reuters): The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the territory's current and former police chiefs and eight other top officials for what Washington says is their role in curtailing political freedoms in the territory. The sanctions were imposed under an executive order President Donald Trump signed last month to punish China for its moves against dissent in Hong Kong and are the latest dramatic action by
  • 24 charged in HK over Tiananmen vigil
    HONG KONG, AUGUST 7 (IANS): Twenty-four people in Hong Kong, including pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, have been charged for participating in a banned vigil marking the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in China, it was reported. In a statement on Thursday, the city police said that 19 men and five women between the ages of 23-69 - had been charged with holding and knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly, the BBC reported. This charg
  • Disqualification not the end, says Hong Kong opposition candidate
    HONG KONG, July 31 (Reuters): Hong Kong district councillor Tiffany Yuen's election bid may be over, cut short by the authorities, but the message behind her campaign poster still stands, she said in a social media post on Friday. A day earlier, Hong Kong disqualified Yuen and 11 other pro-democracy candidates from running in a key election, citing reasons including collusion with foreign forces and opposition to the new China-imposed national security laws. The poster Y
  • Shocked Hong Kong in a new era under 'white knuckle' China grip
    HONG KONG, July 31 (Reuters): For 23 years Hong Kong was an anomaly. A free and partially democratic city under Chinese rule, protected by a tradition of firm rule of law from the British colonial era, and a promise from Beijing of freedoms for its 7.5 million people that were unthinkable on the mainland. On June 30, however, China imposed a harsh new paradigm on Hong Kong, marking an end to the liberal pledge, say government, political and diplomatic sources. The nationa
  • New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
    WELLINGTON, July 28 (Reuters): New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes following China's decision to pass a national security law for the territory, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday. "New Zealand can no longer trust that Hong Kong's criminal justice system is sufficiently independent from China," Peters said in a statement. "If China in future shows adherence to the '
  • China says UK citizenship pathway for Hong Kong residents violates international law
    SHANGHAI, July 23 (Reuters): A new British policy allowing Hong Kong residents to claim British citizenship is a violation of international law and interferes with China's internal affairs, China's embassy in London said on Thursday. British Interior Minister Priti Patel said on Wednesday that Hong Kong people with British National Overseas or BN(O) status would be able to apply for special visas to live in Britain that could eventually lead towards citizenship, startin
  • China threatens 'forceful counter-attack' after Britain suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty
    BEIJING, July 21 (Reuters): China said on Tuesday it would respond strongly to Britain's suspension of its extradition treaty for Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, and called on the UK to immediately correct its mistakes. "China will make a forceful counter-attack to the UK's wrong actions," said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, speaking at a daily news conference in Beijing. Wang added that Britain's moves violated international law and norms. "C
  • Democracy activist Joshua Wong launches bid for Hong Kong legislature
    HONG KONG, July 20 (Reuters): Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong applied on Monday to run for a seat in the Chinese-ruled city's legislature, raising the prospect of a battle with authorities after being barred from running in previous polls.   Wong is one of more than a dozen young, more confrontational politicians who outshone old guard democrats in unofficial opposition primaries this month in what many saw as a protest vote against a national sec
  • Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy politician set to run for legislature
    HONG KONG, July 17 (Reuters): Hong Kong police arrested on Friday pro-democracy politician Tam Tak-chi, who is expected to run for a seat in the legislature in September's election, on charges including incitement to participate in unlawful assembly.   Tam, 47, the vice-president of the People Power party and a former radio host, won an unofficial primary poll organised by the opposition to select candidates for the Legislative Council vote.   The ar