In Hong Kong the fox is in-charge of the chickens!
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
Don't you feel like a chicken trapped in a hen-house while the fox is making its pickings? In so many ways Hong Kongers (HK) have been made vulnerable while the city has lost its stability, and its prosperity. In substance this means because we have lost the rule OF law, our status as an international trading and financial center is in question, and our democracy and human rights standing has sunk to an all time low.
In the last few months on this website and elsewhere CCP has been termed a "virus" in that it spreads a virus. It seems to us that CCP has set itself up as a pariah state and it more correct to consider its behaviour parasitic - it is sucking the life out of Earth and everyone on it!
We The People of Hong Kong (WTPHK) invite you to consider your role as a HK person under the authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the HK government lead by CE Carrie Lam.
HK is paying a relatively small short term price for HK people's successful, peaceful, non-violent protests starting in June 2019 against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) nationalist objectives and their breaches of the Joint Declaration and annexation of HK.
Under the oppression of CCP the people of China have suffered greatly for the last 71 years!
We know nothing about the origin nor extent of the misery COVID-19 has caused on the people of China - and the world and the people of China MUST be told the truth! The international community MUST hold an independent investigation into the origins of SARS-COV-2 and the global pandemic COVID-19 including China's involvement with WHO!
CCP is a virus that creates viruses! The entire world is now suffering greatly with more than 30 million cases and nearly 1 million people dead because of CCP's creation and release of the novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2 and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The global economy has been on hold since January 2019, with a growing likelihood that the debt crisis will be worse than the COVID-19 health crisis. Is SARS-COV-2 a laboratory created coronavirus?
HK was, until the 1 July 2020 National Security Law (NSL) was passed, a haven for all people that are anti-Chinese Communist Party (CCP). After World War II and again during the Cultural Revolution HK was a refugee haven for all people escaping from China. By the mid-1970's roughly 2/3rds of HK's population were Han Chinese refugees from across China.
HK people have been very successful with mass peaceful protests since June 2019 by unmasking for the world the true face of the world's worst authoritarian government, the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP), and its authoritarian ruler for life, Xi Jinping!
Everyone in HK is now treated like any minority group in China - no different from the Mongolians, Tibetians and Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang. For example, consider the fate, legal issues and actions of the CCP and HK government for the 12 HK protesters recently arrested at sea by China.
Leading democratic countries and their rule OF law are increasingly taking action to protect themselves from the CCP and their rule BY law. USA has already cancelled HK's Special Trade status leaving HK as just another dirty Chinese city in China.
According to UN special rapporteurs, CCP's NSL is a serious breach of HK's 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration on the question of Hong Kong ("Joint Declaration") - which, 27 years prior to the agreed date, has now effectively been terminated by CCP.
HK's previous minority communities - LGBT, linguistic, religious, ethnic, disabled, etc. - post CCP's NSL are now joined by all other HK people!
Please see our blog murder of a South Asian man in HK police custody.
Under CCP's NSL the 'best' way forwards for HK people is:
Be water! HK people MUST all learn and know our rights as minorities in CCP ruled China - learn how to thrive!
All HK people must act with strong unity and support for everyone in HK and China irrespective of everything - including members of groups LGBT, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, etc.
Inform the democratic world through the media and internet what is happening to ALL minorities in HK and China, increasing international pressure on CCP to comply with its international and domestic obligations and HK's rule OF law
All minorities' human rights must be demanded in China and HK including legislatation, policy and practices! Start with ICCPR.
What follows, in some detail, is an attempt to record a few of the key failings, issues and grievances which the current HK government and the CCP would like to pretend do not exist. In case you do not need further enlightenment about the foxy schemes, plots and manoeuvres of those wielding their authority over us, you may simply skip to the final part of this blog - 'Feathers will fly!'
These UN letters to China on HK protests are always fertile grounds for readers: Mandates of the UN Special Rapporteur 28 June 2019 and Mandates of the UN special rapporteurs 29 January 2020 on HK Police tear gas, rights & freedoms and Mandates of the UN special rapporteurs 19 February 2020 on arrests of HK medics during protests and Mandates of the UN special rapporteurs on HK's National Security Law of 1 September 2020.
HK'S DEMOCRATIC AND HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS
HK does NOT comply with its ICCPR, ICESCR nor many other of its UN obligations.
The founding document the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a declaration applies to HK. HK does not comply.
Perhaps the single most important UN convention worldwide, because it must be applied 100%, is the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Missing from HK ICCPR legislation "Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance" is (format added):
Article 1: "1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
2. All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence.
3. The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations."
Article 20: "1. Any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law.
2. Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law."
Despite having signed the ICCPR China refuses to ratify or to ensure that its legislation, policies and practices are not in conflict with ICCPR.
HK has signed and ratified ICCPR but still refuses to ensure that all legislation, policy and practices complies! For example, British colonial era HK legislation such as the "Public Order Ordinance" (POO) and the "Emergency Regulations Ordinance" do NOT comply with ICCPR and should not be used as they are currently being used by CCP and HK government to suppress HK people's ICCPR human rights including in HK protests!
We leave it up to our readers' (vivid) imagination as to why in HK ICCPR, which must be applied 100%, has not been applied 100%!
We also note that UN's ICESCR, which HK has signed and ratified, has not been applied by HK. It is no surprise that HK people wonder why HK has the world's most unaffordable housing, largest gap between rich and poor, poor social and welfare care, etc!
REALITIES FOR MONGOLIAN, BUDDHIST TIBETIANS AND MUSLIMS IN XINJIANG
As long as authoritarian CCP rules over China, human rights realities for all minorities remain very bleak.
Many of these repressed minorities have in their ancient history been the rulers of China - for example the Mongols and Turkic peoples. The Tibetians have always been recognized as the spiritual Buddhist leaders - as exemplified by the round domed Tibetian Buddhist temple inside China's Forbidden City, Beijing.
REALITIES OF HK MINORITIES' HUMAN RIGHTS
EXAMPLE 1: IN HK ALL CHILDREN AS "MINORS" ARE MINORITIES!
Children are the most widely discriminated and abused group in HK - so imagine how bad it is for minorities children in HK! (please see below).
ICCPR 2013 Human Rights Committee Concluding Observations item 16 states that HK has no legislation as required against corporal punishment of children in all settings.
HK does NOT comply with UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) despite it being signed and ratified by HK in 1994.
Roughly 40% of people arrested during HK protests since June 2019 have disproportionatey been children - some as young as 10 years old! The arbitrary arrest of children is illegal under CRC.
HKSAR does NOT have an independent “Children’s Commissioner,” it does NOT have a single codified legislation such as UK’s “Children Act” nor does it have legislation, policies and practices to support CRC. HK does not have adequate care and protection for children. Children are under-represented in areas such as Judicial or in matters that affect them. HK is one of the worst places in the world for human trafficking.
SCMP reported 2 January 2017 the “Civil Children’s Ombudsman” group, made up of 2,000 youth ambassadors aged 17 and under, gave the government an overall score of only 15 out of 100 for dealing with their top 10 livelihood concerns in 2016! It was a slight improvement on the 8 out of 100 score recorded in 2015.
The group gave the government zero points for its policies on housing, medical welfare and new immigrant family protections, and for its lack of a Commission on Children’s Rights. The most points were given to after-school care services for poor families, which received a score of five, and free education, which received a score of four.
Outlining their top 10 priorities for 2017, the children ambassadors named housing as their biggest concern, followed by education and medical services.
Some 246,000 of the city’s youths aged under 18 live below the poverty line, according to official statistics. The organization estimated that close to 50,000 of the city’s underprivileged youths were living in inadequate conditions such as cage homes or partitioned flats. About 200,000 people were living in some 88,000 subdivided units in 2015, Census and Statistics Department figures showed. Living in such conditions was detrimental to the physical and emotional health of children.
UNCRC Article 24 (quote): “1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services.”
HKSAR Government health care services by more than 50% is understaffed for children’s mental health problems and does not have enough doctors to cope with current metal health problems of children.
SCMP reporting on the desperate shortage of mental health professionals especially for children “...it failed to account for the shortage of doctors in Hong Kong available to treat mental health problems; there are about 330 psychiatrists employed in the city’s public hospitals – 400 fewer than the number recommended by the World Health Organisation, taking into account the city’s population. Families more than ever are forced to address the problem themselves...”
SCMP wrote April 2017 “According to the Hospital Authority, the overall number of mental health patients increased by 2 to 4 per cent every year, from about 187,000 in 2011-12 to more than 226,000 in 2015-16. The increase among children was particularly significant and could be as high as 5 per cent annually. Last year, 12,589 patients below the age of 18 received treatment in public hospitals, up from 11,900 the previous year.”
Apple Daily 2 October 2020. Beijing-assigned publisher rewriting Hong Kong textbooks with patriotism in mind
RTHK 5 October 2020. Teacher struck off for pro-independence messages
EXAMPLE 2: HK GOVERNMENT HAS LEGALIZED RACE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MINORITIES
The international standard required for all States treatment for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities is the United Nations (UN) "Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities". HK does not comply.
HK REALITY: We draw everyone's attention to the tragic murder of a HK Permanent Resident the 8 May 2020 death in police custody of an Indian Sikh man - in a murder similar to African American George Floyd - when at least 3 HK policemen pressed their knees against this Sikh man's neck and back. His murder by police was not related to HK protests. The HK police knew they could get away with killing him - so they did! HK public did not come out and protest! Why? Please see our followup blog BLM and Hong Kong's new social contract.
ICCPR's Article 2 (format added):
"1. Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
2. Where not already provided for by existing legislative or other measures, each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to take the necessary steps, in accordance with its constitutional processes and with the provisions of the present Covenant, to adopt such laws or other measures as may be necessary to give effect to the rights recognized in the present Covenant.
3. Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes:
(a) To ensure that any person whose rights or freedoms as herein recognized are violated shall have an effective remedy, notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity;
(b) To ensure that any person claiming such a remedy shall have his right thereto determined by competent judicial, administrative or legislative authorities, or by any other competent authority provided for by the legal system of the State, and to develop the possibilities of judicial remedy;
(c) To ensure that the competent authorities shall enforce such remedies when granted."
Another important UN obligation for HK is the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The NGO 2018 submission gives an excellent overview of issues including the failings of HK's RDO, for example:
The only current HK anti-race discrimination legislation is the “Race Discrimination Ordinance” (RDO) which significantly does NOT include racial discrimination by HK Government employed Police Officers. This was highlighted in 2016 HKSAR Court action against the Police by Mr. Arjun Singh, a HKSAR minority Permanent Resident. The Court did not find that under RDO the Police provides a “service”. This highlights a key weakness in the RDO, as it is the only Ordinance amongst the four HKSAR anti-Discrimination Ordinances that does NOT mention that it is unlawful for the Government employed Police to discriminate against persons on the grounds of race in the performance of its functions or the exercising of its powers. This is CCP and HK government State sponsored and legalized race discrimination!!
HKSAR Teachers University HKIEd’s study “Research on Poverty of Ethnic Minority Children in Hong Kong” of December 2015 “..The study also shows that the poverty risk of ethnic minority families is closely associated with the problem of assimilation….Through analyzing the 2001 and 2011 Hong Kong Population Census data, we found that families from South Asian, Other Asian and Other Racial groups have experienced an increase in poverty rates between 2001 and 2011, whereas the poverty rate of Chinese families has decreased during the same period. Among the South Asians, the Pakistani had the highest poverty rate in both 2001 (49.1%) and 2011 (59.6%).” “For all ethnic minorities, second generation immigrants have a higher risk of poverty than first generation immigrants.”
This HKIEd article findings is supported in HKSAR Government reports on minorities poverty as the situation is getting worse for minorities communities. The rate of ethnic minorities living below the poverty line had risen from 15.8 per cent in 2011 to 19.4 per cent in 2016. High rates of poverty for families means that in these minorities communities there is a disproportionate number of children facing serious welfare issues including housing, nutrition, healthcare, education, etc.
'Landlords just don't want to lease to minorities'
RTHK 5 October 2020.
Ethnic minorities have complained about "unwelcoming attitudes" and "outright refusal to rent" in a new study which highlighted their difficulty in finding a roof over their heads.
The study of 140 ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and refugees put the spotlight on the problem, with many complaining about discrimination while they were looking for accommodation as well as inadequate support from the government and bodies such as the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).
More than 90 percent of the respondents reported facing difficulty looking for a place to stay, with over half suggesting their ethnicity could be the main issue.
Potential tenants also complained about landlords or agents unwilling to speak to them in English and "outright refusal to talk to you".
They suspected their ethnicity, nationality and financial status were reasons behind the snub.
Survey organisers said the problem prevailed regardless of their gender, their Chinese and English proficiency, or how long they have lived in Hong Kong.
Organisers said that showed racism is alive and well in Hong Kong, preventing ethnic minorities from receiving equal treatment as others.
The study by the Hong Kong Refugee Ministry Group, Hong Kong Unison and other groups also took aim at statutory bodies such as the EOC and the Estates Agents Authority. It described their effectiveness in supporting ethnic minorities or asylum seekers and refugees as "marginally effective".
Out of 30 respondents who sought help from those two bodies, just over half said they found them to be helpful.
Survey organisers said that showed minorities have not been well-informed about their rights by the EOC.
The government is being urged to do more to fight the problem, such as a policy change allowing asylum seekers and refugees to work so as to improve their financial situation.
There are also calls to change the Race Discrimination Ordinance to outlaw discrimination over nationality.
"Other countries have included nationality in their legislation," Hans Lutz from the Refugee Ministry Group said. "That is the next step Hong Kong should take."
Please see our blog HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam discriminates & coerces Foreign Domestic Helpers!
EXAMPLE 3: HK GOVERNMENT'S DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ETHNIC & LINGUISTIC MINORITIES CHILDREN'S EDUCATION & WELFARE
SCMP 4 April 2017 “Who, really, are Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities? No policy can work without understanding” HKSAR ethnic minority Chura Thapa wrote (quote):
“In Europe, the drive for social integration rests on two clear principles: one, to provide immigrant and minority groups with economic opportunities; and, two, to preserve cultural and linguistic diversity. To this end, many European governments allow minority children to be educated in their own language, on top of learning the dominant one. For example, Turkish minorities in Germany are allowed to run Turkish-language schools in the areas where they live in large numbers.
In Hong Kong, by contrast, the debate on how to integrate ethnic minorities into society has largely focused on the learning of Cantonese language skills. While it is important to develop Cantonese competency, the debate misses a few critical issues.
First and foremost, it is important to recognise the rights of minority groups to choose a medium of instruction and to preserve their heritage languages...”
Key issues for ethnic and linguistic minorities children’s in HK public funded education & welfare in HK includes:
“Discrimination” by HK State has been proven in October 2013 UN “Convention on the Rights of Child” (UNCRC) “Committee on the Rights of Child” Concluding Observations (quote): A. 13(c) “In Hong Kong, China, resource allocations to education and social welfare remain inadequate and do not effectively target the most vulnerable groups, particularly children of ethnic or linguistic minorities, asylum-seeking children, children living in poverty and children with disabilities." ; B. 77(b) “The de facto discrimination against ethnic minority children and racial segregation in the public school system, due to the availability of teaching only in Chinese and the system of government-subsidized “designated schools” for these children;”
“Outcome” as proof of discrimination: HK University submission states “In 2006, EM (Ethnic Minority) children accounted for 3.2 per cent of the total student population at pre-primary level. This was commensurate with their population in Hong Kong. However, EM children accounted for only 1.1 per cent of the total student population at upper secondary level and for only 0.59 per cent at post-secondary level.”
SCMP 24/7/2017 “Language Success of Teen Speaks Volumes” wrote; 2016 full time students total 52,129 only 5.3% of ethnic minorities were in post-secondary degree courses compared to 12.7% of Chinese students
October 2013 UNCRC “Committee on the Rights of the Child” in their Concluding Observations wrote: "77. In Hong Kong, China, the Committee is concerned about:(a) Bullying in schools and the competitive nature of the school system, resulting in anxiety or depression among children and infringing their right to play and rest; (b) The de facto discrimination against ethnic minority children and racial segregation in the public school system, due to the availability of teaching only in Chinese and the system of government-subsidized “designated schools” for these children; (c) “Cross-border children” who have no access to local schools and are commuting daily to and from mainland China. 78. The Committee recommends that Hong Kong, China: (a) Take measures to address bullying in schools, including with the participation of students themselves, and to reduce the competitiveness of the education system and promote active learning capacities and the right of the child to play and leisure, including by training teachers and providing more social workers and psychologists in schools, and through the sensitization of parents and guardians; (b) Urgently abolish the system of “designated schools” for children of ethnic minorities and reallocate resources to promote their access to education in mainstream schools, including through scholarships or lower entry qualifications; (c) Intensify its efforts to implement legislation and policies on bilingual [Chinese and English] education at all levels of education, ensuring high-quality education in Chinese as a second language; (d) Ensure access to local schools for all children living in Hong Kong, China."
Joint NGO submission to CERD May 2018 (quote, bold added): “95. Despite the abolition of the designated school system in 2013, de facto racial segregation remains in place. 60% of children from ethnic minority backgrounds are concentrated in a few former designated schools, which are public schools with ethnic minority comprising 80 or 90% of the student body. These schools are neither conducive to students' Chinese language learning nor their social integration. Consequently, ethnic minority students graduating from these schools often have limited Chinese language ability dramatically affecting their social integration and career prospects.” 97. “Despite CERD’s concluding observation in 2009 (para 31, 2009), Chinese as a Second Language Curriculum is still absent. The current mainstream Chinese language curriculum assumes all students' mother tongue to be Chinese and the learning of other subjects also depends on a student's Chinese ability. The majority of ethnic minorities do not speak Chinese as a first language, and most ethnic minorities graduate from 12 year of education with Chinese abilities comparable to only mainstream primary two level. As a result, and as noted earlier, they enjoy limited further education, employment opportunities and upward social mobility.”
HK does NOT have any legislation, policy or practice which fully complies with UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). HK does not have a single codified legislation for children such as UK’s “Children Act”
HK’s public financed education system does not comply with UNCRC Article 29 nor with minorities Parents rights under UNCRC 3 & 5 to decide on the kinds of education for their minority children – minorities rights are being denied to Parents and thier children who have rights to equal access to public services
Post 1998 the HK Chinese elites with HK Government support “weaponized” Chinese Medium of Instruction (CMI) “Cantonese” dialect as the ONLY language for HKSAR public funded education AGAINST all other HK Children “classes” including Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities Children. The HK Chinese elites ensured that English Medium of Instruction (EMI) is available for their children. For example the “Subvention Agreement” under which “English Schools Foundation” (ESF) has been public funded (currently annually HK$285 million) since 1967 until 2029.
Why – except for the illegal purpose of discrimination (i.e. under UN CAT “torture”) - is HK public funded education putting children learning their MOTHER TONGUE (i.e. majority ethnic Chinese) TOGETHER with children learning one of the World’s most difficult FOREIGN languages (i.e. ethnic and linguistic minorities) - using the Medium of Instruction of the majority to learn subjects (i.e. Maths, Science, Liberal Studies, etc.) - “REQUIRING” from minorities the same rates of language and subject learning, retention & academic results as the majority AND the minorities must on completion of their education DIRECTLY COMPETE in the job market (which has NO legislation against language discrimination) and WITHOUT “Affirmative Action” programs for jobs available ONLY for students who can achieve a HKDES pass in the language and dialect of the majority “Chinese” “Cantonese” dialect in which only 51.8% of the majority can pass?
Under HK’s UN obligations ethnic and linguistic minorities Parents have repeatedly requested since 1998 to HK Government’s “Education Department Bureau” (EDB) that at a minimum Parents and their minorities children must have their UN rights to public funded “education” including: a) To choose the school for their child; b) Option of English Medium of Instruction (EMI); or Chinese (option Putonghua or Cantonese dialect) Medium of Instruction (CMI); c) “Second Language” Chinese (option Putonghua or Cantonese) and English as subjects. Based on UN “Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities” in addition minorities Parents request that their ethnic and linguistic minorities children are taught in HK public funded schools their mother tongue as a Subject and as an Option these minorities children can use their mother tongue as their Medium of Instruction. A strong background in their mother tongue supports minorities children’s development including their identity, cultural, language, knowledge, religion and their learning of “second languages.”
Not having mother tongue education is a violation of ICCPR Article 25(c) “To have access, on general terms of equality, to public service in his country.” In HK the majority ethnic Chinese language Cantonese dialect speaking children receive their mother tongue education as a Subject and the Medium of Instruction! In HK there is NO mother tongue learning in public funded schools for minorities children according to their UN rights as minorities
Joint NGO submission to CERD May 2018 (quote):“...The current mainstream Chinese language curriculum assumes all students' mother tongue to be Chinese...” This is discrimination by HKSAR against minorities children. Furthermore, HKSAR’s current “Race Discrimination Ordinance” (RDO) Article 26.2 prohibits other Mediums of Instruction to be provided by public funded schools.
A child’s understanding and abilities in the language of the Medium of Instruction is critical for a child’s full and correct development under UNCRC Article 29(a-e) “..to their full potential...” Using the language of the Medium of Instruction children learn their subjects through which ultimately they achieve education according to their rights UNCRC Article 29(a-e). Therefore in a “wholistic” approach to Education the choice of the language of the Medium of Instruction MUST be based solely upon the unique needs of each child to successfully achieve UNCRC Article 29 (a-e). It is the sole right of the Parents to decide the language of the Medium of Instruction.
HK providing only Chinese Medium of Instruction (CMI) using Cantonese dialect is a major problem for ethnic and linguistic minorities students and also for the majority ethnic Chinese students using CMI in the same “mainstream” schools. Cantonese is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn with 9 tones, very rarely Romanized and is primarily an ORAL language that must be learnt from a native speaker.
In 2014 HKSAR Secondary School graduation exams “HKDSE” more HK mother tongue Cantonese speaking ethnic Chinese students passed English language examination (52.8%) than passed the Chinese written examination (51.8%). Therefore there are likely some majority ethnic Chinese children who would have greater success in their education using EMI than CMI.
How are minorities students supposed to pass HKDSE exam for “Chinese written language” when only 51.8% of the majority native Cantonese speaking ethnic Chinese pass the Chinese written examination? There is an Affirmative Action program for minorities to enter HK Universities which is a pass grade in GCSE “Chinese” - but there are no similar Affirmative Action programs for minorities qualifications in Chinese language for employment in HKSAR!
Minorities children’s mother tongues are currently NOT being taught in HK public funded schools and is being replaced under illegal “assimilation” with Cantonese dialect “Chinese as a first language.” There has never since 1998 change from EMI to CMI been a “Chinese as a Second Language” program for minorities children. HK has failed to comply with 2013 UN “Committee on the Rights of the Child” Recommendation 78(c) “..high-quality education in Chinese as a second language.”
Most minorities children are best suited to English Medium of Instruction (EMI) and to learn as a language Subjects Chinese (either Putonghua or Cantonese), English and their mother tongue. 2013 UN “Committee on the Rights of the Child” recommended 78(c) to have bi-lingual education at all levels. The reason is that there is simply NOT enough time available in one academic year to teach most minorities children their subjects AND learn their mother tongue, Cantonese language and use Cantonese as the language of the Medium of Instruction. The main difficulty is with the written Chinese language for all students (majority and minority).
Feathers will fly!
In any face-off between fox and chicken there is no doubt feathers will fly. There is much for HKers and people globally to be angry about. Divisive politics has made us either supporters or enemies.
The CCP has been caught actively pursuing a policy of assimilation in both mainland China and in HK. Those who are not of Han descent and pro-CCP are progressively being marginalised.
It would be a failing on our part if we did not mention the plight of foreigners living and working in HK. There are thousands caring for young families and the elderly, hundreds working as educators, and countless others contributing to the HK economy with their business acumen, professional experience and educational qualifications. Though some are well-rewarded financially, others are disrespected, despite the contribution they make to society. As individuals they may act according to their personal needs and principles, but all too often what is sacrificied is tantamount to selling off your grandmother!
We note a few recent news items in HK:
Gay couples who have married overseas find their relationship has no legal status
Domestic helpers, repeated calls to be allowed to live apart from their employers are again being denied. Domestic helpers during COVID-19 in HK. HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam discriminates & coerces Foreign Domestic Helpers!
People everywhere who have supported the ideals of democracy and human rights in HK consider themselves to be HKers. In a similar way, HK people have to recognize that in China they are a minority in the eyes of CCP - which explains why the SAR is treated so poorly.
Apple Daily 5 October 2020. Teacher struck off for pro-independence messages
Apple Daily 2 October 2020. Beijing-assigned publisher rewriting Hong Kong textbooks with patriotism in mind