Trans. Chapman Chen
China Liaison Office Director Wang Zhimin said on Monday (23 April) at the Legislative Council that it was contrary to political ethics to call for an end to China’s “one-party dictatorship”. Earlier on, Tam Yiu-chung, a newly-appointed member of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, and Huang Liuquan, deputy director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, said that such people should be barred from running for seats in Hong Kong Legislative Council.
Yesterday (24 April), when asked by reporters whether she would guarantee that those calling for an end to China’s “one-party dictatorship” could run for elections, and whether she would protect these people’s right to stand for election and freedom of speech, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that she could not guarantee, and that everything would be handled according to law.
“I am always being asked to guarantee this and that. There are matters that have to considered based on law and factual evidence. It is very difficult for the Chief Executive to foresee what will happen and to offer any guarantee or promise. With the constitution, Director Wang Zhimin is much more familiar than I am. Yesterday, he already made a promise. Whether claiming one-party dictatorship is correct, Director Wang Zhimin already explained. The saying is not in the constitution. As for what the consequence of shouting such slogans will be, it is very difficult for me to guarantee or to reply. Everything in Hong Kong is handled according to law.” stated Carrie Lam.
In 2016, Hong Kong dissidents like Edward Leung Tin-kei were deprived of their right to stand as a candidate in elections to the Legislative Council, and directly elected opposition law-makers, Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching, were deprived of their seats in the Legislative Council through National People’s Congress’ re-interpretation of the Basic Law. Since then, other activists belonging to the self-determination camp, and to non-establishment camps, have consecutively been deprived of their seats in the Legco or their right to stand for election. Hongkongers’ freedom of speech, elective rights and right to stand for election, which are international human rights, have been severely restricted by the Hong Kong SAR Government, by the Beijing Regime, by officials of China Liaison Office and Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, and by members of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, in the name of fighting Hong Kong Independence and fighting HK self-determination.
According to “Freedom in the World 2018” by Freedom House, USA, Hong Kong ranks 111 amongst 209 regions or countries in terms of freedom, and is equal to Iraq in terms of political right.
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