3 mn read I write to you on Human Rights Day this open letter with regard to the upcoming Winter Games to be held in Beijing (“Beijing 2022”). As you are aware, there have been a lot of concerns over the human rights record of the Chinese Communist Party (“CCP”), China’s ruling dictatorship. Some of the human rights abuses were examined by the Uyghur Tribunal recently, a non-binding people’s tribunal examining a large body of evidence of abuse against Uyghur Muslims by the CCP. The Tribunal yesterday, headed by Sir Geoffrey Nice, QC, considered that there was evidence, beyond reasonable doubt, that the CCP was committing crimes against humanity, and conducting a genocide, against Uyghur Muslims.
4 mn read 1 July 2021 saw the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrate its 100th birthday, as well as being the 24th anniversary of the end of British Sovereignty over Hong Kong as a Crown colony, and the beginning of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under CCP’s rule. The anniversary raises many questions in relation to the perceived identities of Hongkongers, and whether Hongkongers see themselves as Chinese, Hongkongers, or a mix of both.
3 mn read From today (22 December 2020), Hong Kong has banned all passenger flights from the UK. The Hong Kong Government banned flights from the UK for reasons of public health, due to a new strain of Coronavirus having been discovered in the UK. Despite Hongkongers having demanded that the Hong Kong Government close its borders in the beginning of 2020 in order to prevent the import of COVID-19 form Mainland China, after the virus was first reported in Wuhan, many are questioning why the Hong Kong Government now seems so eager to close its borders. Many of those questioning the Hong Kong Government’s motives take a rather cynical view of its actions, which, in a way, is understandable judging from the actions of the Hong Kong and Beijing Governments since the pro-democracy protests started in Hong Kong in June 2019.
4 mn read For those who did not use mail-in ballots, people in the United States took to the polls to cast their ballot on 2 November in the 2020 Presidential Elections. Although there are 11 Presidential Candidates, in reality the race was only ever going to be called between two of the candidates: the incumbent President Trump for the Republican Party, and former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic Party.
3 mn read It is not unfair to describe Donald Trump as a divisive figure. Since his election as President of the United States in 2016, his policies have seen very public and outspoken support and condemnation from both sides of the political spectrum in the United States. Like those in the United States, Hongkongers seem to also have a love or hate relationship with Donald Trump.
3 mn read Since the Chinese Communist Party announced its intentions to enact a National Security Law for Hong Kong, the international community has been seeking to dissuade the Chinese Government from such a draconian course of action, breaching the guarantees offered to the peoples of Hong Kong of “one country, two systems”. As the National Security Law […]
3 mn read In 2019, Emersys reported that an estimate of 3.2 billion people around the world use social media, with people spending on average more than an hour-and-a-half on social media every day. With the use of social media being so widespread, it is not surprising that Ofcom, the United Kingdom’s regulator for communications services, found that 45% of adults in the United Kingdom get their news from social media. With many countries experiencing a resurgence of Covid-19, social media is a vital tool for people to keep in touch with each other, as well as stay connected with the wider outside world.
4 mn read There is often a lot of excitement associated with releases of Disney films, and Mulan was no different. The long-awaited live action remake of Disney’s Mulan finally opened in the Mainland of China this weekend following a straight to streaming release on Disney+ in other countries earlier this month. Despite how anticipated Mulan was with many Disney fans, potential bad publicity was never far behind any promotion of the film. In 2017, an article pointed out that Disney’s choice of actress to play the titular role, American Chinese-born actress Liu Yifei, was at least at the time considered as one of China’s worst actresses according to Douban, a Chinese IMDb-style website.
5 mn read With the United Kingdom Government having set out at the end of July details of its policy for Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) (“BNOs”), more and more Hongkongers are starting to arrive in the United Kingdom, wishing to take advantage of the United Kingdom Government’s scheme for BNO status holders and their dependants.
4 mn read China’s National Security Law for Hong Kong has seen Hong Kongers begin to arrive in the UK ahead of the UK Government’s announced visa scheme for British Nationals Overseas (BN(O)s), which is expected to come into effect in January 2021. The UK Government has indicated that the British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) visa will begin in […]