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Protect District Councils: Hong Kong's only universal and equal suffrage elections

Updated: Dec 19, 2020

THANK YOU to all pro-democratic Hong Kong (HK) District Councillors for your participation in democracy and hard work!

WTPOHK urges every supporter of democracy and human rights, 'yellow' and 'blue', in HK and worldwide, to protect and nurture HK's District Councils and Councillors because this is the ONLY legitimate democratically elected body in HK!

CCP and HK government MUST recognize and support District Councils! (Please see the article below).

HK District Councils are the ONLY legal elected body that represents the will of HK people!

On 6 June 2020 the majority of District Councillors rejected CCP's National Security Law for HK! HK people have rejected this law so CCP and HK government MUST remove this law and reverse its implementation!

HK people are no longer giving their consent to be ruled over by CCP and their minions, the HK elites!

HK political crisis summary

HK currently has a political crisis created by Carrie Lam's proposed 2019 extradition law that has since been withdrawn. The crisis of confidence has grown and will continue until HK people receive their rightful demands! Now at a minimum the HK government must address HK people's 5 demands which includes universal and equal suffrage for elections of the Legislative Council (2021?) and Chief Executive (2022?). The issue is HK's political reform needed to meet UN treaty obligations and to uphold the Joint Declaration - these issues have been ongoing for many years and can be traced back to at least 1981.

It was the landslide victory winning majority seats in 17/18 districts by the pro-democrat candidates, all of whom campaigned on Hong Kong (HK) protesters 5 demands, in the 24 November 2019 District Council elections that shattered the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 'face'! CCP's owned pro-Beijing parties, candidates and HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam never saw this loss coming and still they have not recovered from their loss of 'face'!

What followed was CCP's illegal annexation of HK using the National Peoples Congress (NPC) to enact an unconstitutional National Security Law which breaches international treaties including the Joint Declaration according to the UK and all leading democracies.

CCP knew that it could lose the all important 6 September 2020 Legislative Council (LegCo) elections that controls the HK government's budget. Unacceptably to HK people under cover of COVID-19 global pandemic the CCP clamped down on HK by postponing LegCo elections until at least 5 September 2021.

The United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is written inside HK legislation as HK 'Bill of Rights Ordinance' (HKBORO) article 21:

"(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".

HK no longer has the rule OF law - it has been replaced with CCP's rule BY law!

WTPOHK recommends to resolve the current HK political crisis by inviting 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. Please see our blog In the face of CCP - ballots not bullets!

CCP please answer these UN letters sent to you:

CCP please answer this letter delivered to the UN:

6 October 2020 Statement by German Ambassador to UN from 39 countries.

Please read our blogs:

Hong Kong fails to meet last governor’s benchmarks for success, district councillor says

Apple Daily 6 December 2020 (format added)

With its freedom and democracy in decline, Hong Kong has failed to meet the benchmarks put forward by its last colonial governor, Chris Patten, to measure its success after the 1997 handover, a pro-democracy district councillor said.

During a radio show aired by public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong on Sunday, Wan Chai District Council Chairperson Clarisse Yeung said aggression by the Hong Kong government toward pro-democracy politicians in the local affairs council over the past year was an example of the city’s deterioration.

Hong Kong officials have turned the district councils into hostile battlegrounds with its uncooperative and at times aggressive attitude toward pro-democracy councillors, who are in the majority, Yeung said.

Yeung cited the 16 benchmarks Patten suggested in his 1996 policy address to measure how the city fared after the 1997 handover. She said that Hong Kong’s present situation failed to meet all the benchmarks. “Hong Kong is in decline. This is not due to the political awakening of citizens but to government decay,” she said.

According to the official record of proceedings, Patten’s 16 benchmarks laid out in October 1996 were:

  • Is Hong Kong’s Civil Service still professional and meritocratic? Are its key positions filled by individuals who command the confidence of their colleagues and the community and owe their appointments only to their own abilities?

  • Is the SAR Government writing its own Budget on the basis of its own policies, or is it under pressure to respond to objectives dictated by Beijing?

  • Is the Hong Kong Monetary Authority managing Hong Kong’s Exchange Fund without outside interference?

  • Is Hong Kong behaving in a truly autonomous way in international economic organizations?

  • Is the Hong Kong legislature passing laws in response to the aspirations of the Hong Kong community and the policies of the SAR Government, or is it legislating under pressure from Beijing?

  • Are Hong Kong’s courts continuing to operate without interference?

  • Is the Independent Commission Against Corruption continuing to act vigorously against all forms of corruption including cases in which China’s interests may be involved?

  • Is Hong Kong continuing to maintain its own network of international law enforcement liaison relationships?

  • Is the integrity of the Hong Kong/Guangdong border being maintained, including the separate border controls operated by the Hong Kong Immigration Department?

  • Is the Hong Kong press still free, with uninhibited coverage of China and of issues on which China has strong views?

  • Are new constraints being imposed on freedom of assembly? Are the annual commemorations and vigils of recent years still being allowed?

  • Are foreign journalists and media organizations in Hong Kong still free to operate without controls?

  • Is anybody being prosecuted or harassed for the peaceful expression of political, social, or religious views?

  • Are Hong Kong’s legislators, at successive stages of the transition, fairly and openly elected, and truly representative of the community?

  • Are democratic politicians continuing to play an active role in Hong Kong politics, or are they being excluded or marginalized by external pressure?

  • Is the Chief Executive exercising genuine autonomy in the areas provided for in the Joint Declaration and Basic Law?

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