Protests since 2019
Millions of Hongkongers have gone to the street since June 2019 to defend the basic freedoms, universal rights, and autonomy that had been committed in an international treaty and promised by the constitution. Instead of fulfilling its obligations, the Hong Kong government responded to the peaceful protesters with 16,000 rounds of tear gas and 10,000 rubber bullets. It has arrested over 10,000 Hongkongers for politically motivated reasons.
Among the over 10,000 arrested protesters and activists, hundreds are children. Many have shared harrowing statements of torture and sexual assault by the police during detention.
The government metes out reprisals to protesters by forcing companies to choose between staying in business or dismissing those dissidents in their employ. Companies big and small that remain defiant are punished.
Authoritarianism in HK
The situation took an ominous turn when Beijing and Hong Kong officials started to dismantle Hong Kong’s institutions, starting with the democratic elections, judiciary system and extending to education and cultural institutions.
A “National Security’ state
Since the Chinese imposition of the Hong Kong National Security Law, all political opposition voices are suppressed. Tens of thousands of Hongkongers have fled their beloved homeland to escape systemic oppression by the Hong Kong government. Those who remain are frightened, exhausted, and heartbroken. Many have even been arrested, jailed, tortured and maimed.
Call on your government to ACT
We call on democracies all over the world to send an unambiguous message to China – freedom is universal value and not for sale. To show solidarity, please call on your government to pressure Beijing to stop its repression on Hong Kong. Say NO to authoritarianism and stand with Hong Kong!
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Crises in Hong Kong