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GLORY TO Hong Kong!

The Hong Kong (HK) government is an illegitimate government because it's authority comes from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and not from the people of HK. This is a serious breach of the Joint Declaration, HK's Constitution. With the imposition of the National Security Law (NSL), our HK government is more blatantly under the direct control of the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

On 4th June 2020 the HK government passed legislation on the National Anthem. It should be noted that the Legislative Council that passed the legislation is not elected by universal and equal suffrage. Increasingly it is being seen to 'rubber stamp' legislation at the behest of central government.

"Glory to Hong Kong" is a march with versions in both Cantonese and English which was composed and written by a musician under the pseudonym "Thomas dgx yhl", with the contribution of a group of Hongkongers netizens from online forum LIHKG during the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests. It has been widely adopted as the anthem of these protests, with some even regarding it as the "national anthem of Hong Kong".

Since widespread protests in Hong Kong erupted in early June 2019, various songs that symbolise democracy, such as "Do You Hear The People Sing" from Les Misérables, have been sung by protesters on different occasions as their anthems. "Glory to Hong Kong", according to the composer, was created "to boost protesters' morale and unite people". Since the song's publication, it has been sung at most demonstrations. There are also numerous versions in English and other languages circulating the web.

11 June, 2020, RTHK, Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said on Thursday that students should not sing songs that are "political propaganda" – like the protest anthem like Glory to Hong Kong – on campus, adding that schools will be left to decide what it and isn't allowed.

8 July, 2020, Irish Times, Hong Kong bans protest anthem from schools as the new Beijing-led National Security agency opens in the city.

8 July, 2020, The New York Times, Hong Kong Bans Protest Song 'Glory to Hong Kong' and Other Political Expression at Schools.

10 July 2020, HKFP, Gov’t refuses to say if the protest anthem ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ is illegal, despite a ban by the Education Bureau imposed in schools.

Please read our blogs on Education and the rights of children:

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Music Shouldn't Stop at Hong Kong’s School Gates

By Bede Sheppard, Deputy Director, Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, 9 July 2020.

Hong Kong’s secretary for education, Kevin Yeung, must have skipped the class on children’s rights.

This week, Yeung banned school students from singing or playing certain political songs at school, saying children’s right to expression “is not absolute.”

No one’s free speech rights are absolute, but under international human rights law, the right to freedom of expression can only be restricted when necessary to protect other people’s rights or reputation, or for genuine national security, public order, or public health reasons. Any restrictions must be proportionate to the threat posed.

Children’s free expression rights are protected under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

There’s no loophole for banning songs that make politicians feel uncomfortable.

So, yes, schools can limit children blasting their music of choice during classes – whether it’s the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” or the Cantonese pop hit “We Grew This Way” – since that might disrupt fellow students’ education. But it does not justify a blanket ban on all songs with a political theme on school grounds.

Nor can authorities play DJ and pick the music. Although Yeung’s views on today’s Top 40 remain unknown, he has approved the song “I love Basic Law,” which praises Hong Kong’s functional constitution.

Yeung has also expressed no qualms with legislation compelling schools to penalize students who “disrespect” mainland China’s national anthem.

Yeung’s music ban comes hot on the heels of China’s new National Security Law (NSL), whose broad provisions prohibit an uncertain array of peaceful behavior, and under which the authorities have already arrested dozens of Hong Kongers. But it is difficult to see how singing children present a national security concern.

Yeung also said that, “Under no circumstances should anyone be allowed to incite students to indicate their stance on controversial or evolving political issues.” But this goes against the actual aims of education under international human rights law: to develop children’s personalities, mental abilities, cultural identity and values, and respect for human rights, and to prepare them for a responsible life in a free society.

Children’s right to express their views on matters concerning them is internationally protected.

In short: under CRC children must be free to form and express their opinions, fears, joys, and desires.

They must be allowed – and even encouraged – to raise them in the classroom, post them on their school newspaper’s blog, paint them in art class, and debate them in the courtyard.

Or, sing them.

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