All is well!
Updated: Apr 15
It is the intention of this blog to remind everyone - no matter what is happening - to first please take care of your mental and physical health. All we have is our health! Gai yau (add oil!).
For WTPOHK, our empathy and concern is first and foremost always for the well being of all peoples everywhere, including Hong Kong (HK) people : The supreme human right is the ICCPR's 'right to life'.
This is an extremely stressful time for everyone in HK! HK's future rests in our children and we must all take care of them!
In response to the arbitrary rule BY law actions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and HK government many HK people are emigrating from HK to democratic countries : e.g. UK is offering 3 million HK people with BN(O) a pathway to UK citizenship.
The classic international blockbuster 2009 Indian Hindi-language movie '3 idiots' has the classic line 'all is well' that can be used when we are confronted with difficulty or danger. We can use the expression to reassure ourselves and others. "All is well" can remind our heart to be calm. No matter what happens, 'all is well' and our heart is not to be alarmed, frightened, stop or miss a beat, etc.
Why our heart pumps is a mystery : The heart is the only part of our body that is not controlled by our mind - our heart belongs to the soul of the Universe. Love!
By the end of the 1970's roughly 2/3rds of Hong Kong (HK) people were mainland China refugees who had escaped from the CCP.
Today the majority of HK people reject the CCP, their breaches of the Joint Declaration and their 'national security law'. HK people uphold the Joint Declaration and its rule OF law : CCP and HK government do NOT!
Since coming to power in China in 1949 CCP never allowed the British to develop democracy in HK. Mao committed treason with the Japanese against the Chinese people : i.e. there was no Chinese civil war! CCP's self-appointed 'peoples democratic dictatorship' is illegitimate.
In 1972 the CCP's PRC China ambassador to the UN removed the names of HK and Macau from the UN list of Non-self-Governed Territories who then lost their right to self-determination granted by the U.N.’s 1960 “Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples”.
Nobody - not the British nor the Chinese - has ever asked the people of HK what they want ! This is a fundamental failure by both parties to the Joint Declaration.
Chris Patten was the last British Governor of HK.
CCP kills its own people
To date CCP has killed at least 77 million Chinese citizens - it is the world's worst ever totalitarian regime.
Decades long mainland China student protests culminating in May - June 1989 were supported by many HK people with 1.5 million HKers protesting in a mass march in HK to support this student movement on 21 May 1989. In response CCP's Deng Xiaoping ordered the military (PLA) to kill Chinese citizens in the 4 June 1989 Tiananmen massacre - most likely tens of thousands of protesters across China lost their lives.
CCP, the people of China and of the world will not be able to move on until the truth is told by CCP about this massacre and the suffocation of mainland Chinese peoples' human rights.
The Western democratic countries did zero to little after the Tiananmen massacre to hold CCP responsible for its human rights abuses under the rule OF law. The result of this political negligence is that today CCP with its rule BY law has become a much more nationalist, powerful and dangerous adversary.
It was not the West that was reeling in China into the rule OF law and democracy : It was CCP reeling in China and the West using its corrupt rule BY law.
CCP has always wanted its own security law for HK
HK people have been under constant pressure from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since the handover from the British to China on 1 July 1997.
In 2003 when the first HK Chief Executive Tung Chi Wah proposed an Article 23 Security Law it led to 1 July protests of 500,000 HK people and his resignation half way through his second term.
HK for decades has needed political reforms to meet its obligations under the Joint Declaration to correct serious social problems including: the most unaffordable housing in the world; one of the largest gaps between rich and poor; an estimated 1/5 HK people living below the poverty line, a dysfunctional political system who's authority is CCP and not the will of HK people, an unaccountable government, etc.
CCP caused the 2014 Umbrella movement
The politicial situation dramatically worsened when 31 August 2014 CCP reneged on their 2007 agreement with HK's pro-democrats for universal and equal suffrage.
The '2014 Hong Kong class boycott campaign', also known as '922 Class Boycott' and '926 Class Boycott,' was a HK student strike protesting CCP's 31 August 2014 Standing Committee of the National People's Congress's restrictions on the nomination system 2014 - 2015 Hong Kong Electoral Reform for the 2016 Legislative Council (LegCo) and 2017 election of the Chief Executive.
CCP caused 2019 anti-extradition protests
HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam's proposal for extradition legislation caused the mass peaceful prostests starting on 9 June 2019.
Still today HK people are protesting against CCP's rule BY law using different tactics e.g. refusing COVID-19 vaccinations, emmigrating, not working or investing in HK, shopping and eating at 'yellow' businesses, withdrawing their children from HK schools, etc. No stability means no prosperity!
On 24 November 2019 HK people elected majority pro-democratic District Councillers in universal and equal suffrage elections
UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 20.3 (quote):
"The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures."
"Every permanent resident shall have the right and the opportunity, without any of the distinctions mentioned in article 1(1) and without unreasonable restrictions-
(a) to take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives;
(b) to vote and to be elected at genuine periodic elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret ballot, guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the electors;
(c) to have access, on general terms of equality, to public service in Hong Kong.
[cf. ICCPR Art. 25]"
Significantly Hong Kong (HK) District Council have been the ONLY universal and equal suffrage democratic elections in HK!
HK is a feudal Chinese plutocracy. The current 70 seat illegitimate Legislative Council (LegCo) is polluted by 30 Functional Constituency seats which, undemocratically and unequally, hands the minority of HK elites a majority in LegCo for them to change rules and procedures, pass legislation, oversee budgets, etc as they please!
In 2017 Carrie Lam was "selected" to be Chief Executive by a CCP approved 1,200 member selection committee. She received 777 votes which equates to only 0.1% of HK's population.
The will of HK people has spoken with the results of the 24 November 2019 District Council elections, and under HK's UN obligations and Joint Declaration the will of HK people MUST be the basis of the authority of the HK government.
With 85% of seats (388/452) and 17/18 Districts controlled by pro-democratic District Councillors the clear winners are the pro-democratic majority of HK people which includes protesters and their 5 demands.
Until 2019 pro-CCP candidates funded by CCP had previously (since 1998) always won HK District Council elections.
After failing and seriously losing 'face' in the 2019 HK District Council universal and equal suffrage elections, instead of starting a dialog CCP chose to use its dead-end 'nuclear' option of a 'national security law' in which it has now nuked everyone and everything including itself!
This is not a simple 'cleanup on aisle three' by CCP : Having repeatedly breached international treaties the only way forward now for the world's democratic alliance (i.e. USA, EU, etc.) is to de-couple from CCP and to stay away until China 'de-contaminates' by reforming itself under the rules based international order, becoming a more responsible global partner for cooperation. Anything else will further degrade the rule OF law as it operates in the West.
The action on 6 June 2020 of the majority (17/18) of District Councillors voting to reject the CCP's NPC's HK 'national security law' means that under HK's Joint Declaration this is the will of the people of HK which the CCP and HK government must act upon!
Instead of recognizing the will of HK people, CCP and the HK government is, as always, trying hard to marginalize District Councils. This is much the same they have acted with pro-democracy legislators in the Legislative Council.
We the People of HK demand our human rights to hold a referendum!
Some in HK have referred to the electoral primary that took place in the SAR in July 2020 as a kind of informal referendum.
Braving scorching conditions, a new wave of coronavirus infections and government warnings they could be breaking the law, more than 600,000 Hong Kongers took part in a primary election for the city's democratic opposition. (CNN, 13 July 2020) The purpose of the electoral vote was to whittle down a long list of potential candidates who might then stand in the September 2020 Legislative Council elections, which were of course later scuppered by CE Carrie Lam.
WTPOHK's suggested method to resolve the current HK political crisis is to formally invite all HK Permanent Residents 18 years old and above to participate in a referendum held in HK using the “Modified Borda Count” (MBC), a preferential multi-option voting system, offering 5 options which will be ranked by each voter according to their preferences. If necessary, this could be a UN mandated referendum.
An MBC referendum is credible. It could define the will of HK people and as such would be a realistic means to negate the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) breaches of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong (“Joint Declaration”) therefore allowing this international treaty to continue.
CCP please answer the following UN letters sent to you:
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