Britain announces visa scheme for Hong Kong citizens

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday hailed a new visa scheme that offers qualifying Hong Kong citizens a route to British citizenship – a programme launched in response to China’s new security laws in the former colony. The scheme, first announced last year, opens on Sunday and allows those with “British National (Overseas)” status to… Read More Britain announces visa scheme for Hong Kong citizens

Hong Kong police arrest eleven for alleged aid of activists’ escape attempt

Hong Kong police have arrested 11 people over suspected crimes related to assisting a group of 12 pro-democracy activists accused of attempting to flee the city by boat for Taiwan last year, local media and activists reported on Thursday. Those arrested, ages 18 to 72, according to local broadcaster RTHK, included eight men and three… Read More Hong Kong police arrest eleven for alleged aid of activists’ escape attempt

Hong Kong police arrest dozens of pro-democratic activists over alleged breach of national security law

Hong Kong police arrested dozens of democracy activists on Wednesday on suspicion of violating a new security law by planning to “paralyse” and “overthrow” the city government, Secretary for Security John Lee said. The arrests represent the biggest crackdown on the opposition camp since Beijing imposed the law security law in the former British colony… Read More Hong Kong police arrest dozens of pro-democratic activists over alleged breach of national security law

Chinese court sentences Hong Kong activists to months in jail over border crossing

A Chinese court sentenced 10 Hong Kong activists to between seven months and three years in jail on Wednesday for illegally crossing the border, in a case that has drawn international attention and concern over the defendants’ treatment. The group had all faced charges in Hong Kong over anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city and… Read More Chinese court sentences Hong Kong activists to months in jail over border crossing

Hong Kong charges media tycoon Jimmy Lai under national security law

Hong Kong democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 73, has been charged under the city’s national security law on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces, his Apple Daily newspaper reported on Friday, citing a police source. Lai, an ardent critic of Beijing, would be the highest profile person charged under the sweeping new law… Read More Hong Kong charges media tycoon Jimmy Lai under national security law

China summons U.S. diplomat in protest over recent sanctions

China summoned the acting top U.S. diplomat in Beijing to protest about U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong, and vowed to take “reciprocal” retaliation. The United States on Monday imposed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials over their role in adopting a national security law for Hong Kong and… Read More China summons U.S. diplomat in protest over recent sanctions

U.S. imposes sanctions on fourteen Chinese officials over Hong Kong crackdown

The United States on Monday imposed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials over their alleged role in Beijing’s disqualification last month of elected opposition legislators in Hong Kong. The move, which sent Asian stock markets lower, targeted the vice chairpersons of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), the top decision-making… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on fourteen Chinese officials over Hong Kong crackdown

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong detained for 2019 anti-government assembly

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was remanded in custody on Monday after pleading guilty to charges of organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly near the police headquarters during last year’s anti-government protests. Wong, who was just 17 years old when he became the face of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Movement democracy protests, faces a… Read More Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong detained for 2019 anti-government assembly