Actions and Detail Panel
The Future of Freedom in Hong Kong
Wed 29 March 2017, 18:00 – 19:00 BST
By kind invitation of Baroness Jan Royall, the Fabian International Policy Group are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on the political situation in Hong Kong. We will be joined by Angela Gui an activist and daughter of detained publisher Gui Minhai; Paul Harris a barrister and founder of the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor; and Helier Cheung a journalist at the BBC who was previously based in Hong Kong.
The years following the pro-democracy Umbrella Protests have been turbulent for Hong Kong with continuing fears that freedoms are rapidly deteriorating in the Special Administrative Region.
The spotlight was on Hong Kong when five staff members at Causeway Bay Books disappeared in late 2015, including Lee Bo who reappeared in March 2016. This incident was widely regarded as a fundamental infringement on the principle of ‘One Country Two Systems’ which governs Hong Kong’s relationship with the mainland. The case of the booksellers has been followed by the rise of those calling for self-determination, some of whom won election to the legislative council last September. This wasn’t without controversy with Youngspiration pair Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-Ching subsequently being disqualified for failing to take their oaths properly.
All of this has led to a highly divided political situation in Hong Kong and has left many in the region wondering who will stand with Hong Kongers.
When Britain handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997 it did so on the condition that its former colony would enjoy a high degree of autonomy. Yet some here in the UK, including former Governor Chris Patten, have accused the British government of turning a blind-eye to the erosion on freedoms in Hong Kong.