19 Jun 2019
19 Jun 2019
On 9 June 2019, Hong Kong became the focus of international attention as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched on Hong Kong Island to oppose the imminent enactment of a bill that would introduce a rendition arrangement, inter alia, as between Hong Kong and other parts of China (including mainland China, Taiwan and Macau). This legislative proposal has not only led to the largest protests in the history of postcolonial Hong Kong but has also brought about one of the greatest crises of governance in post-1997 Hong Kong.
Hong Kong politicians and civil society have been highly polarized since the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019(hereafter referred to as “the Bill”) in March 2019,1) with the “pro-China camp” supporting the Bill and the “pro-democracy camp” (also known as the “pan-Democrats” or the “Opposition”) strongly opposed to the Bill. Several foreign governments, including the USA, Canada, Britain, Germany and Australia, as well as the EU, publicly expressed concerns about the Bill. On the other hand, the Chinese central government in Beijing publicly expressed support for the Bill in May 2019, and criticized foreign interventions in China’s domestic affairs... Click here to read the full post.