•   
  •   
  •   

World Hong Kong government criticises U.S. safe haven scheme for 'fugitives'

09:30  23 october  2021
09:30  23 october  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Company Offering $51 Ticket for 5-Hour Bus Tour to Get Some Sleep, First Trip Sells Out

  Company Offering $51 Ticket for 5-Hour Bus Tour to Get Some Sleep, First Trip Sells Out The "Sleeping Bus Tour" lulls riders to sleep who often can only sleep on their commute to work.The 47-mile ride was inspired by exhausted commuters who often fall asleep on public transportation.

By James Pomfret

Hearing on the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China in Hong Kong © Reuters/TYRONE SIU Hearing on the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Hong Kong government on Friday criticised Washington for its "safe haven" scheme for Hong Kongers to stay and work in the United States amid Beijing's crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in the Chinese territory.

In August, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a temporary safe haven scheme for Hong Kong residents, allowing what could be thousands of people to extend their stay in response to the crackdown.

Biden cited "compelling foreign policy reasons" for the plan given China's continued "assault on Hong Kong's autonomy".

Biden allows temporary 'safe haven' for Hong Kong residents amid Beijing crackdown

  Biden allows temporary 'safe haven' for Hong Kong residents amid Beijing crackdown Biden's order allowing some Hong Kong resident to stay temporarily in the U.S. comes as China cracks down on political freedoms in the territory.In the "deferred removal" directive he signed, Biden cited the arrest of some 10,000 people in Hong Kong since Beijing imposed a so-called national security law just over a year ago that allows authorities to round up protesters and others on what the U.S. considers trumped-up charges.

Details of the scheme were released on Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security, helping formalize the eligibility of Hong Kongers travelling on various travel documents to work and live in the United States for up to 18 months.

A Hong Kong government spokesman called the move an act of "blatant interference" in Hong Kong affairs.

"Governments that not only harbour but invite or encourage fugitive offenders to live in their country wantonly disregard the rule of law and expose their hypocrisy for all to see," the statement added.

The former Britsh colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the promise of wide-ranging freedoms.

Since the implementation of a national security law directly by China last year, however, the city has taken an authoritarian turn with widespread arrests as well curbs on free speech and the media.

Biden offers ‘safe haven’ to Hong Kong residents who fear China crackdown

  Biden offers ‘safe haven’ to Hong Kong residents who fear China crackdown Hong Kong residents facing deportation from the United States will be permitted to remain for 18 months under a new measure unveiled by U.S. officials in response to China’s crackdown on the city. © Provided by Washington Examiner “The PRC has fundamentally altered the bedrock of Hong Kong’s institutions and suppressed freedoms of Hong Kongers,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday. “Today, President Biden directed Deferred Enforced Departure for Hong Kong residents in the United States for 18 months, joining our partners and allies in offering safe haven should residents fear returning to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong and Chinese authorities maintain the city enjoys a high degree of autonomy, but certain rights are not absolute.

Brian Leung, the head of the Washington D.C.- based Hong Kong Democracy Council, welcomed the broad inclusiveness of the scheme, saying it would bring much needed stability and financial security for the city's politically persecuted.

Sunny Cheung, who testified at a U.S. congressional hearing this week on the clampdown that has seen many of his fellow activists jailed, and himself driven him into exile, urged continuing policy moves by the Biden administration.

"Although this is a huge step forward, it must not be the last," Cheung said.

(Reporting by James Pomfret; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Hong Kong passes new film censorship law to 'safeguard national security' .
Hong Kong lawmakers on Wednesday approved an amended law that will allow film censorship on the basis of national security considerations. It does not cover the online screening of movies, though a government minister described that omission as a “loophole.” © Provided by NBC News The revision to the law is the latest operation to tighten the government grip on civil society, artistic and speech freedoms in the country.

usr: 2
This is interesting!