PRESS RELEASE: The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Congratulates Press Freedom Nobel Prize Winners While Reminding That Media Freedoms in Hong Kong Remain Under Attack
The CCP’s Culture of Fear: In China under Xi Jinping, idealism is passé and conformity a shell for the ruthless pursuit of hierarchical power and private interests, writes Professor Perry Link, a director of the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong.
Baroness Morrissey: Time to talk about “investor hypocrisy and the need for investors to rethink their dealings in areas where there are clear human rights abuses”, including China
CFHK supports Baroness Morrissey's remarks published on Hong Kong Watch. Read more here.
STATEMENT: CFHK WELCOMES U.S. PUBLICATION OF HONG KONG BUSINESS ADVISORY AND RELATED SANCTIONS DESIGNATIONS
Written by CFHK President, Ellen Bork.
On July 7, U.S President Joe Biden declared “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States” with regard to the situation in Hong Kong. The order extended the same designation made by last July by former U.S. President Donald Trump under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The declaration gives the president extensive powers over economic transactions and is often used to impose sanctions. It may indicate the Biden administration is preparing to take actions in response to Beijing’s ferocious assault on freedom in Hong Kong.
Written by CFHK President, Ellen Bork.
"The contest between free and repressive regimes is the defining issue of our times. It has spread to Hong Kong. Businesses there cannot avoid the implications, however much they wish they could."
Apple Daily imparts one last item of information, making the news instead of reporting it. Its death at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party is a warning of what can happen to any company in Hong Kong.
CFHK Chairman, James B. Cunningham, Testified at Senate Subcommittee Hearing on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong calls on the G7 to take concrete steps against Chinese repression in Hong Kong
Written by CFHK President, Ellen Bork:
The contest between free and repressive regimes is the struggle of our times, and there will be many more battles.
On June 4, 2005, the 16th anniversary of the 1989 massacre of democracy protesters by China’s People’s Liberation Army troops, the filmmaker Liu Wei walked up to people in Beijing and asked what day it was. He captured their uncomfortable responses in a 13-minute documentary. “I know, but I don’t want to talk about it.” “I don’t know much about it.” “Don’t record this.”
Hong Kong Authorities Ban Vigil Honoring Victims of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in Escalating Crackdown on Democracy Movement
For three decades, Hong Kong was the only place under Chinese rule where the victims of the June 4, 1989, massacre of democracy protesters by People’s Liberation Army troops in and around Tiananmen Square could be publicly mourned.
The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong (CFHK) commends the 26 European Union and national parliamentarians who today pressed EU leaders to urgently adopt a so-called “lifeboat scheme” for Hong Kong citizens in the wake of intensifying repression in their home city. In a letter to EU leaders, the members of parliaments, led by Engin Eroglu, a German Member of the European Parliament, expressed disappointment with inaction on a range of measures that would provide Hong Kongers with “a pathway to study and work in the EU.” The letter, which was coordinated by Hong Kong Watch, can be found here.
Ellen Bork, President of CFHK said:
“CFHK applauds the European parliamentarians for their staunch support for Hong Kong’s people. They set an example all democratically elected representatives should emulate.”
Ellen Bork commented further:
“This action by European parliamentarians makes clear that China will face ongoing, dedicated opposition to the harsh national security law and its assault on Hong Kong’s freedoms and rule of law. However, CFHK is disturbed that one EU member state is apparently thwarting EU unity on this vital, humanitarian effort.”
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Dear Friends of Hong Kong,
Last Friday, May 14, the Hong Kong government froze USD $64 million in media company shares and other assets that belong to jailed Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai. Lai received the news in prison, where he is serving sentences related to peaceful protests while simultaneously facing three national security charges.
The seizure of Lai’s property without any conviction or due process has struck nerves in Hong Kong and around the world. CFHK’s statement called the government’s action “a dangerous sign of things to come,” and rejected Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s claim that the action “reinforces” Hong Kong’s status as an international financial center.
Read CFHK statement here.
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Ellen Bork, president of CFHK, writes in The Bulwark about Jimmy Lai, what Hong Kong has meant to him, and how the Chinese Communist Party’s move against him is destroying everything that makes the city an appealing international financial center. She wrote:
Statement on the Freeze of Jailed Apple Daily Founder Jimmy Lai’s Assets and the Blow to Hong Kong’s Status as an International Financial Center
The Hong Kong government’s May 14 freeze of US$ 64 million in media company shares and other assets belonging to jailed Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai represents an extraordinary escalation in the use of the mainland-imposed national security law to crush Hong Kong’s democracy movement and free press.
The rule of law is an essential ingredient of Hong Kong’s status as an international financial center. On Tuesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam absurdly defended the asset seizure by claiming it “reinforces” Hong Kong’s status as an international financial center. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The seizure of Lai’s assets by administrative fiat, without due process, will further alarm local and foreign businesses already concerned by the imposition of a national security law so broad as to allow virtually anything to be criminalized that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wishes. The Hong Kong government order, seizing private property without demonstrating any connection to criminal activity, is a dangerous sign of things to come. The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong has already reported that more than 40% of its members are considering leaving the city, with the imposition of the national security law by Beijing the most-cited concern.
With this development, Hong Kong has taken a step further toward losing its unique position in China as a center for international business and finance. The rule of law, an independent judiciary, the right to private property, and the free flow of information are essential to a prosperous business environment and cannot be replicated on the mainland. They are under attack now in Hong Kong.
Written by CFHK's Chairman, James B. Cunningham:
With the arrest of Jimmy Lai and other pro-democracy leaders for Hong Kong, further shows Beijing's oppression and it's crushing the rule of law.
On April 16, 2021 a Hong Kong judge placed more nails in the coffin of freedom in Hong Kong. Nine pro-democracy leaders, including Martin Lee, Jimmy Lai, Albert Ho and Margaret Ng, were sentenced to prison for peacefully demonstrating in August 2019.
Dear Friends of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong is on the frontline of China’s assault on freedom in the region and the world. In 1997, when Hong Kong was returned to mainland communist rule, the people of Hong Kong were promised the freedom to run their city. Instead, the world is watching as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) destroys a free society. Events in Hong Kong must be understood as vitally important not only to its deserving people, but also to the contest between free and repressive regimes that is the challenge of our time.
Our new organization, the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong (CFHK) will:
More about us and our mission can be found at...
Q&A podcast episode, “Hell Time for Hong Kong,” hosted by Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at National Review, with Perry Link, CFHK board member, and Ellen Bork, president of CFHK, about the recent convictions of Hong Kong democrats and more.
Written by CFHK board member, Perry Link:
The Communist Party has attacked, but not destroyed, the nation’s traditional ethics.
In 2001 Gordon G. Chang, an American lawyer who worked many years in China, published a book called “The Coming Collapse of China.” The corruption and hypocrisy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would be its undoing, Chang argued. A spirited controversy among China-watchers ensued. Nonsense — Chang is dreaming, said CCP defenders. No, it’s you apologists who are dreaming, replied CCP critics. As years ticked by with the regime still in the saddle, the apologists grew smug: We told you so.
THE DISPATCH: How the U.S. Can Prevent the Winter Olympics From Being a Triumphant Spectacle for China
Find alternative sites, and make preparations to use them.
By Ellen Bork, President, CFHK
Congressional Republicans have taken a range of positions on American participation at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing next February. This month Sen. Mitt Romney urged a partial boycott that would include officials but not athletes or their families. Sen. Ted Cruz takes the position that it was outrageous for the International Olympic Committee to grant the games to Beijing, but since it did, it is perfectly legitimate for American athletes to compete in games convened by the same illegitimate and abusive host government. Other Republicans, like Rick Scott, have taken a more principled position, calling for the games to be moved, and yet others suggest a boycott should an effort to relocate them fail.
Republican disunity on this question is a gift to the Chinese Communist Party.