Keeping the Spotlight on Hong Kong
The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation
Who We Are
The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong (CFHK) was set up in March 2021 to fight for Hong Kong and its people as China continued its massive crackdown on the city. Despite legal obligations and treaties and repeated promises that Hong Kong would continue to enjoy its existing freedoms, China has since the 1997 handover from the United Kingdom destroyed Hong Kong’s free media, freedom of speech, free assembly, education, and many other aspects of the democratic way of life that had become the norm in Hong Kong.
The Chinese-imposed National Security Law, which was introduced to Hong Kong in 2020, has been used to stifle any protests, demonstrations, critical journalism or other opposition to the Hong Kong authorities or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Thousands of people have been arrested under the NSL, many for the flimsiest of reasons. The legal system is being bent for political purposes.
The CFHK defends political prisoners, free media and Hong Kong people’s right to live peacefully under the terms of the Basic Law which was put into effect by China in 1997.
What We Do
China promised to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy, rights and freedoms, and the rule of law, in a 1984 treaty signed with the United Kingdom, and later, to allow the expansion of democracy. After steadily encroaching on Hong Kong’s autonomy over the past two decades, in June 2020 China imposed a harsh National Security Law on Hong Kong and now exercises virtual direct rule. Under the new law, the Party can label almost anything it wants as “subversion,” “separatism,” “terrorism,” or “foreign collusion.”
Hong Kong’s jails now hold dozens of political prisoners. New police and legal units devoted to prosecutions under the oppressive legislation are undermining Hong Kong’s revered judicial system. In May 2022, Hong Kong “elected” CCP loyalist and national security enthusiast John Lee as its chief executive with 99 percent of the small group of “patriotic” electors supporting him. Lee’s appointment threatens further harsh measures .