Surveillance Fears Shadow Hong Kong Protests

Last Sunday saw as many as a million people march against proposed changes to the Hong Kong’s extradition law that critics fear would break down the “firewall” between the territory’s legal system and the mainland’s. That demonstration was followed by smaller protests on Wednesday which aimed, so far successfully, to derail the legislative debate process ahead of the amendments’ adoption. This resistance has attracted inevitable comparisons with the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014. While its Read More …

Why Hong Kong is Protesting

Proposed amendments to Hong Kong extradition laws sparked protests by as many as a million people on Sunday. On Wednesday, a smaller contingent, still in the tens of thousands, successfully derailed a planned legislative debate on the amendments in the face of an aggressive police response. While the new rules are not ostensibly aimed at mainland China, their opponents fear that by enabling extraditions to the mainland for the first time, they would demolish the Read More …

Violence Erupts at HK Protests as LegCo Delays Debate

Mass demonstrations rocked Hong Kong on Wednesday, the day of a planned legislative debate over the controversial Extradition Bill, the target of another large-scale protest over the weekend which drew an estimated one million people. In the midst of the protests, the Legislative Council postponed the debate. As protesters stormed police barricades in Central Hong Kong, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd, resulting in dozens of injuries. The recent demonstrations have Read More …

Sensitive Words: “Let’s Go Hong Kong!”

Sensitive Words highlights keywords that are blocked from Sina Weibo search results. CDT independently tests the keywords before posting them, but some searches later become accessible again. We welcome readers to contribute to this project so that we can include the most up-to-date information. You can also browse our archive of sensitive words. On June 10th, a Weibo user broke the news that searches for the term “Let’s go Hong Kong” (香港加油) are now censored Read More …

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Final Report and Genocide

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Final Report and Genocide [Joseph Rikhof is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Common Law of the University of Ottawa where he teaches the course International Criminal Law. Until his retirement in early 2017 he was also a senior counsel at the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Section of the federal Department of Justice. This post is cross-posted on the Philippe Kirsch Institute Blog.] Read More …