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A 2018 murder in Taiwan committed by a Hong Kong man was used by the Hong Kong SAR government as a pretext to introduce amendments to two ordinances to allow extradition of criminal suspects to countries with which the government does not have extradition arrangements, including mainland China. The proposed amendments—with profound implications for fundamental freedoms of all people living in or visiting Hong Kong—triggered massive and vocal opposition from the people of Hong Kong and condemnations from foreign governments and international bodies. In June 2019, Hong Kong people took to the streets in a series of demonstrations, including a march of an estimated two million people on June 16, the largest in Hong Kong’s history. “We vow to be free Hong Kongers,” says one placard (the one with a tank in the photo above) in the June 16 march. HRIC has compiled a brief timeline of the developments and protests surrounding the extradition amendments.
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A brief timeline of the developments surrounding the extradition amendments introduced by the Hong Kong SAR government, which triggered a series of mass demonstrations, including a march of an estimated two million people on June 16, 2019, the largest in Hong Kong’s history.

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A CECC hearing (livestream)

 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Witnesses:

  • Joshua Wong: Secretary-General, Demosistō and “Umbrella Movement” Leader
  • Denise Ho: Pro-democracy Activist and Cantopop Singer and Actress
  • Sunny Cheung: Spokesperson, Hong Kong Higher Education International Affairs Delegation (HKIAD)
  • Sharon Hom: Executive Director, Human Rights in China and Professor of Law Emerita, City University of New York
  • Dan Garrett, PhD: Author, Counter-hegemonic Resistance in China’s Hong Kong: Visualizing Protest in the City (2014)
BBC Newshour, August 30, 2019

(Hom segment starts at 05:55)

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For the 30th anniversary of June Fourth, HRIC presents the “Unforgotten” project—a series of profiles of those killed by the Chinese martial law troops. Based on the information accumulated by the Tiananmen Mothers over nearly three decades, “Unforgotten” seeks to honor the lives of the fallen by telling their stories, and generate international support for the Tiananmen Mothers in their three demands from the Chinese government: the truth of what happened, accountability for the killing of unarmed civilians, and compensation to survivors and families of those killed. More profiles will be added to this first group of 30.

In Memoriam

Robert L. Bernstein

1923-2019

Chair emeritus and beloved supporter of
Human Rights in China

With gratitude and in friendship
The staff of HRIC

 

  • Liu Qing, Remarks for the Celebration of the Life of Robert L. Bernstein, July 3, 2019 (EN, CH)
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