Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes HONG KONG: A pro-democracy protester was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first case under Hong Kong’s national security law as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was convicted of inciting secession and terrorism for driving his motorcycle into a group of police … Read more

Hong Kong freedoms fade as security law muzzles dissent – Times of India

Reading Time: 13 minutes HONG KONG: Hong Kong is still China’s wealthiest, most capitalist city. Its vistas of skyscrapers and sea framed by dragon-backed emerald peaks are as stunning as ever. But a year after Beijing imposed a harsh national security law on the former British colony, the civil liberties that raised hopes for more democracy among many of … Read more

Hong Kong security law creates ‘human rights emergency’: Amnesty – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes HONG KONG: Hong Kong‘s national security law has decimated freedoms and created a “human rights emergency”, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, a year after Beijing imposed the legislation on the city. The sweeping national security law — which criminalises anything authorities deem subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorism with up to life in … Read more

Furious patriots: China’s diplomatic makeover backfires – Times of India

Reading Time: 8 minutes BEIJING: For over a year they have whipped up outrage against the West, but as China’s “wolf warrior” diplomats are told to tone down the fury, they face an unexpected source of opposition: nationalists at home. Under fire in recent years over issues ranging from human rights abuses to blame for the Covid-19 pandemic, Beijing … Read more