Stand with Hong Kong

Millions of Hongkongers have been protesting since June 2019 to defend our freedom and autonomy. Instead of addressing political grievances, the Hong Kong government has responded with devastating police brutality, increasingly arbitrary arrests and political prosecutions. In October 2019, the government invoked the colonial-era emergency powers to bypass the legislature to ban face masks, which many fear is the first among many draconian measures to come.

Thousands of protesters are arrested, including hundreds of children. Many have now shared harrowing statements of torture and sexual assault by the police during detention. These numbers are rising.

China, while reinforcing its military presence in Hong Kong, pressures local businesses to punish pro-democracy employees through dismissal, heightening the fear of reprisals across society. The same fear has prompted international businesses to curtail the freedom of expression of citizens in their own countries. The world must let China know that freedom is simply not for sale.

Hongkongers are wounded, anxious and exhausted. But we will NOT succumb to the intimidation and oppression. To show solidarity, please call on your government to ACT to encourage an equitable resolution to the Hong Kong crisis. Say no to authoritarianism and stand with Hong Kongjoin the movement.

Why are we protesting?

Hong Kong’s freedom and autonomy have been insidiously eroded since the 1997 handover. Justice and freedom can only be realised through democracy.

Protesters showing gesture symbolising "Five Demands, Not One Less".
Protesters showing gesture symbolising "Five Demands, Not One Less".
Thousands of Hong Kong protesters light up Lion Rock on Lantern Festival, 13 September 2019.
Thousands of Hong Kong protesters light up Lion Rock on Lantern Festival, 13 September 2019.

In June of 2019, Hongkongers— two million in a city of seven million—marched to oppose a controversial extradition bill, which would remove the legal firewall that separates Hong Kong from the mainland China. Confronted by the government's repressive tactics, the pro-democracy movement has now evolved to include demands for fundamental rights and freedoms as promised by the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Our core demands are:

  1. Universal suffrage, i.e. ability for individuals to vote with equal weighting as any other, and to run for office without arbitrary pre-screening
  2. Establishment of an Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate police brutality and root causes of the protests since June 2019
  3. Retraction of the 'riot' designation of the initial protests in June 2019
  4. Amnesty for protesters arrested in relation to the movement, given the prevalence of excessive and arbitrary arrests
  5. Withdrawal of the Extradition Law Amendment Bill (pending Legislative Council resumption in October 2019)

The Hong Kong government has evaded political responsibility throughout this crisis. While appealing for international understanding with a pretence to engage Hongkongers in dialogue, the government consistently escalates police violence and draconian measures. Protesters have engaged in more aggressive confrontations in response to the police’s excessive use of force. We refuse to live in a police state—we won't settle until we have an accountable government and police that aren't above the law.

We are defending our freedom and inalienable rights with all the will and energy. Join us, if you share our belief in freedom and justice. Stand with us, if you are on the side of democracy.

Why should you care?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Hong Kong is on the forefront of a global battle against authoritarianism.

The Hong Kong crisis clearly illustrates the corrosive effects of Chinese influence:

  1. Global businesses with significant exposure to China being pressured to toe the party line, in blatant disregard of corporate governance or even respect for human rights.
  2. CEOs have been forced to choose between their own position and doing what is right.
  3. In addition to businesses, civil society across the world is confronted by rising Chinese nationalism. For example, rallies supporting Hong Kong were disrupted by pro-China nationalist demonstrators in countries including Australia, Canada, Italy and the UK.
  4. Through disinformation, China has sought to distort the struggles of the people of Hong Kong as well as Xinjiang, Tibet and Taiwan. The platform for disinformation ranges from social media to the United Nations, it is everywhere.

If the world ignores our call for help, what signal does it send to an increasingly aggressive China?

Should China—or its endorsed local government—deploy extreme measures to suppress Hongkongers, the destruction of this leading global financial centre will cause significant damage to international businesses in Hong Kong. This may further upset the already fragile global economy.

The outcome of the Hong Kong crisis matters not only to the people of Hong Kong. How the international community responds is critical to the future of our city and the world.

What can you do?

Australia

Call on your government to exert diplomatic on the Hong Kong and Chinese governments and to adopt policies promoting Hongkongers’ rights, freedom and safety, and participate in local rallies in your area.

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Canada

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Germany

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Denmark

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France

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Ireland

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Japan

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The Netherlands

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New Zealand

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Sweden

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United Kingdom

Ask your MP to call on the UK to hold China to its promises under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and participate in local rallies in your area.

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Korea

Call on your parliament members to exert diplomatic on the Hong Kong and Chinese governments and to adopt policies promoting Hongkongers’ rights, freedom and safety, and participate in local rallies in your area.

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United States

Ask your Senate and House representatives to support the upcoming HKHRDA and HK Policy Acts, and participate in rallies in your city.

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