Hong Kong Update

Hong Kong protesters are human rights defenders, not rioters

On Monday, at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Hong Kong’s Deputy Police Commissioner Oscar Kwok defended the force against credible allegations of widespread human rights abuses.

In his highly-selective rendering of events, Kwok failed to acknowledge that police are obligated to uphold human rights in the execution of their duties, and he further accused Hong Kong citizens of using violence to “extort” their demands from the government.

The Hong Kong police force is no longer controlled by civilians, nor Chief Exec. Carrie Lam

I don’t know whose idea it was that Hong Kong’s spokesman at a recent UN Human Rights Council meeting should be a Deputy Commissioner of Police, but the implications of this unusual arrangement are rather disturbing. I wonder what the council members thought of it.

A Made-in-China Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for a world that has accepted China’s lengthening shadow over global supply chains for far too long. Only by reducing China’s global economic influence – beginning in the pharmaceutical sector – can the world be kept safe from the country’s political pathologies.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-exploit-control-of-pharmaceutical-exports-by-brahma-chellaney-2020-03

Occupy co-founder Chan Kin-man released from jail

https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1514408-20200314.htm?spTabChangeable=0

Hong Kong ‘Umbrella’ movement leader freed from prison

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/hong-kong-umbrella-movement-leader-freed-prison-200314074255561.html

A law unto themselves: How some Hong Kong police officers are giving their force a bad name

Police bill of about HK$95 million for water barriers, security props ‘split among 22 Hong Kong government agencies and not identified in budget’

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3075258/police-bill-about-hk95-million-water-barriers-security?fbclid=IwAR0lF4E4SwEzCLgiIFh55RKMTO1VHeNxFawF-LEGcjnPcg-9cg35WUhys40

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