Lee Cheuk-yan’s plea: This is my unrequited love, the love for my country with such a heavy heart
Your Honour, for over 40 years I have strived for democratic reform in China. This is my unrequited love, the love for my country with such a heavy heart. I remember a quote of sorrow from Bai Hua, an iconic writer from China's "Scar Literature" era (in around the late 1970s): "You love your country, but does your country love you?" Recently the term "Patriot" has been widely discussed across the city as the Chinese government advocates the "Rule of Hong Kong by Patriots". However, who is a true patriot? If loving the country means loving the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), things would have been much easier as the political principles of CCP entail absolute obedience. There was a famous saying that to follow the CCP means "to implement when understood, to implement when not understood, and to understand in depth while implementing", which I believe explains it all.
Times of Turbulence, Our Call to Resistance: HKCTU's statement on International Workers' Day 2021
It is no longer an option after 2019 to believe in normalcy. Bidding farewell in courtrooms and prison have become the new ”normal”. Our fellow comrades were sent to jail, forced to leave; some even lost their lives. Imprisoned for standing up to tyranny, hundreds became political prisoners.
HKCTU chair, Carol Ng, arrested for allegedly breaching the national security law Call for HKSAR government to cease political suppression now
Carol Ng, chairperson of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), was arrested home today (6 Jan) by the national security department of the local police and alleged to have committed the crime of subverting the state power under the national security law (NSL).
The ‘new rating system’ is porous. The living wage is the way out
Recently, the cleaning workers from Tin Ching Estate who sought a pay rise collectively have drawn social attention. The monthly salary of a cleaning worker from Tin Ching Estate is only $10,197, while a cleaning worker from the nearby Tin Yiu Estate who belong to the same contractor has a monthly salary of $13,800. There is a disparity of more than $3,600 for the same post, the same working hours and the same working area.
Suppression of the professional sectors: resistance and compliance, tyranny left us only one choice
2020, people in all walks are affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Due to the Hong Kong Government’s poor governance and mismanagement, we are now facing the fourth wave of the corona virus and more than 100 people have died in Hong Kong. In the midst of the pandemic, the government is planting white terror in the professional sectors, systematically attacking the norms which are not in line with the government’s discourses.
National Security Law Threatens Professional Ethics
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress forcibly implemented the National Security Law, which has triggered the worries in Hong Kong society. The senior government officials have repeatedly emphasized that the legislation is only ‘targeting a small group of people’ and has no effect on the lives of the general public, it is hardly convincing. Many people with different professional backgrounds said that the National Security Law affects their performance of work duties and even damages their professional ethics
‘Fighting ‘til the end’ is not just words--Lee Cheuk Yan’s activism under National Security Law
Over the past year, Hong Kong has experienced drastic changes. Many amateurs have taken part in the protest and their lives have become completely different. Lee Cheuk Yan, the general secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and a senior activist, was also deeply moved by the unbroken line of protestors. After the National Security Law took effect, Yan, who is also the chairman of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movement in China, became a high-risk figure to be targeted by the regime. The closing of the prison gate is in a foreseeable future. What kind of change has Yan experienced this year, and how does he deal with the new situation after the implementation of national security law?
Migrant Workers speak to Equal Opportunities Commission: The plight of migrant domestic workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been more discrimination faced by domestic workers. The media reported a case of immediate dismissal of a Filipino migrant domestic worker who arrived in Hong Kong with the rejection of accommodation arrangement by her employer for her quarantine. We have received as well cases of disability discrimination with the reason of COVID-19. The cases are mainly immediate dismissals due to worries of COVID-19. Some are unreasonable work and hygiene demand imposed on the domestic workers, e.g. an Indonesian domestic worker is ordered to clean toilets 15 times a day. Many are rejected to go out or to have day-offs by employers with the reason that the workers will be infected with COVID-19 if they go out on their day-offs.