On September 24, 2018, Hong Kong's security minister announced that the Hong Kong National Party would be banned, making it the first political party in the city to be declared unlawful under the Societies Ordinance. Officials said the party's advocacy of the city's independence from the rest of China posed a threat to national security and public safety. Critics countered the decision was meant to crack down on free speech and other liberties enjoyed in Hong Kong.
All the National Party boss has done is give Beijing the perfect excuse to toughen its hardline stance on Hong Kong with a security law
The overreactions to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club talk go both ways: Beijing may have made an international celebrity out of a nobody in Andy Chan, and those coming to his defence are blowing the threat to ‘free speech’ out of proportion.
As a member of top Chinese political advisory body, HSBC’s Asia-Pacific CEO had to document his support for the highly controversial law, a source says.
Rents on tiny flats in some chic development projects are slipping to levels bordering the rates on the city’s notorious subdivided flats as landlords lose bargaining power in a recession-hit economy.
Rowdy crowd gathers outside police station where they assumed Chan and those arrested with him were sent on suspicion of possession of offensive weapons.
Andy Chan, from banned Hong Kong National Party, thanks Japanese leader Abe for raising issue with Xi during meeting on Thursday and asks on other leaders to follow suit.
Assistant minister of foreign affairs says China will not allow any meddling by other countries in its internal affairs.
Founder Andy Chan says high costs and slim chance of victory not worth the effort, citing little faith in judicial system.
Plan to allow extradition to mainland China threatens to send ranking to all-time worst, media watchdog warns.
The 12-page document was the result of an unprecedented state letter issued weeks ago requesting a report from the chief executive on the outlawing of the Hong Kong National Party last year.
Washington points to ‘diminished’ autonomy in decision outlined in 2019 Hong Kong Policy Act Report.
In all, the Department of Justice spent HK$300 million on ‘briefing out’ cases in the 2017-18 financial year.
A 30-year-old final-year graduate student in the nursing department is kicked out and former student union leader suspended for one year.
City leader Carrie Lam asked to file a report on administration’s decision.
Executive Committee trio rule against appeal by Andy Chan and Jason Chow, who could now take their fight to court.
Leader of outlawed Hong Kong National Party does not answer any questions on its ban, and says his move was a protest after government trio’s ruling meant he had to attend review without his lawyers.
Date set for January 14, with Martin Liao, Chow Chung-kong and Joseph Yam to sit in hearing which one executive councillor says could be the first of its kind.
Rival protesters clash before march in support of banned Hong Kong National Party, while officers from Organised Crime and Triad Bureau record every word and say they’ll take action retrospectively if necessary.
Basic Law Committee member Priscilla Leung says promoting city’s self-determination is no different to calling for independence
Education Bureau sends notices to all secondary schools and tertiary institutions as Beijing’s No 1 official for Hong Kong affairs commends decision to outlaw party, saying it posed risk to ‘national security and public order’.
Following the unprecedented ban on the separatist party issued on Monday, local police make request to social media giant asking it to remove HKNP page.
Statement from foreign ministry in Beijing comes after US, Britain, EU and Human Rights Watch take aim at decision to outlaw separatist group.
Some warn that banning separatist party creates a legal grey area and suppresses free speech, but other legal experts say move only concerns the party itself.
The Post has obtained Lee’s 20-page letter to the legal teams of Hong Kong National Party convenor Andy Chan Ho-tin and spokesman Jason Chow Ho-fai. In it the minister attempts to justify his unprecedented decision to outlaw a political party.
There was never any doubt that the government would eventually forbid the separatist faction; what matters now is that the outcome is fully justified by local laws and in line with the principle of ‘one country, two systems’.
The United States, Britain and European Union decry unprecedented decision to outlaw party, while Beijing and pro-establishment lawmakers in Hong Kong say it sends a strong message not to test the limits of the law.
Pro-independence organisation had already received three extensions to formally argue its case, following a police proposal to outlaw the party for posing an ‘imminent threat to Chinese national security’.
Hong Kong National Party leader cannot afford to continue appeal against right of returning officers to stop candidates standing in local elections.