Scoreboard HK (part1): The unsporting clash of Blue vs Yellow
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
The players in this game pass laws not balls, while many of us pass judgement! There is no referee as the UN seems to have been bought off somehow. On the sidelines, supporters and onlookers holler and shout - it's a real slanging match!
'YELLOWS' (HK PROTESTERS + INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE) = 5
'BLUES' (CCP + HK ELITES) = 3
*Disclosure: The Scorekeeper X (picture below) unashamedly is a biased HK protester!
'Yellow' (pro-democracy) and 'blue' (pro-CCP) are more united than ever as Hong Kong (HK) Chief Executive Carrie Lam continues to bungle anything and everything for everyone!
At least 80% of HK people are against the national security law!
Q. How destructive has the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) national security law (NSL) been for HK people and HK protests?
A. NSL has been devastating across the board for everyone protesting in HK! Self-censorship is rising. The Pro-democratic camp has scattered, but is ready to reform and re-group at a moment's notice. This is the period of watching, waiting and preparing! Deliberate tactic by CCP is that nobody knows what is lawful and what is not - it's all 'arbitrary' wishy-washy rule BY law!
CCP is the world's worst ever totalitarian regime! CCP is a virus that crates viruses!
Q. What has been the push-back from HK protesters?
A. There are no public protests now in HK. HK people are being suffocated by CCP and their COVID-19 virus! Families are moving out of HK - most moving to the UK. All pro-democracy lawmakers have resigned from the current Legislative Council (play acting until elections in Sept. 2021?) - proving that governance, democracy and human rights are now dead in HK! Police are running even more amok than ever, arresting and charging everyone with even more ridiculous trumped up charges (No U.S. presidential pun intended)! They are about as rediculous as the government itself!
Q. What has been the push-back from the international democratic alliance of countries?
A. STRONG AND INCREASING! 39 democratic countries issued a letter to China at the UN (which China will never answer - but it sets in motion the next round of stepping up the response and the scoreboard ladder). The UK government came out with strong condemnations. USA under President Trump has come out strongly against CCP's acts in HK: President-elect Biden seems to be following the Trump approach (so far). Nothing will happen much in the democratic alliance until after Biden is settled in - however, until then Emperor Xi Jinping is likely to get up to a lot more mischief!
Q. How has CCP reacted to the pushback?
A. CCP continues to tighten their grip on HK's protest movement, rule OF law, independent judiciary, etc. However - what we can see is that the very public international unmasking of CCP means that CCP is facing hard resistance and more pushback in key economic regions of Europe and North America.
Q. Is the ideological 'war' between the rule OF law and the rule BY law changing? Who is winning?
A. Ultimately it is a numbers game - the richest, strongest military, etc. is the rule OF law camp lead by USA. The United Nations is based on the rule OF law, an Institution established by America after the end of WWII. Aligned against the rule OF law camp is the rule BY law camp which is lead by China under CCP (Russia under Putin is not involved so far): there is no contest, the rule OF law camp is stronger! China is alone without a strong partner!
Q. What is CCP's greatest weakness?
A. The greatest weakness of CCP is the COVID-19 global pandemic which has turned many people around the world against CCP and anything to do with China including buying made in China products and services!
The world needs an Independent Inquiry into the origin and spread of novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2 and the diseases it causes COVID-19. Many nations also support this, not the least of which is Australia.
We urge everyone to recognize that the people of China are separate from the world's worst ever totalitarian regime the CCP - everyone must de-couple from China! In reality we need to de-couple from every business interest that feeds, supports and maintains CCP.
Critically unless CCP can export its goods and services it will not be able to earn foreign currency to purchase technology, food, etc. With 600 million citizens earning only 1,000Yuan/ month and a ranking of 72nd for GDP/capita, China is weak. Sports rankings aren't the only game in town! CCP is busy trying to control private capital and investors in China - and it will fail! CCP is corrupt!
HK people know something very important: anything and everything coming out of mainland China is a lie.
The rest of the world needs to wake up to this truth. All numbers are lies: COVID deaths, economic growth, vaccine tests, etc. CCP's stated position and the conviction with which it's actors speak is a similar falsehood.
TO BE SAFE AND SECURE, BELIEVE NOTHING FROM CHINA UNDER CCP. AND, IN CASE YOU NEED FURTHER WARNING, DO NOT GET INVOLVED IN ANYWAY WITH CCP!!
The Scorekeeper X.
Let’s move a single millimeter a day in the right direction
Apple Daily 7 December 2020 by Laura Harth (format added)
Dear Hong Kongers,
Here we are at the end of yet another week of gruesome events, where a profound sense of despair tried to grab a hold more than once as we watched global symbols for freedom and democracy Joshua, Agnes and Ivan being led away after their sentencing, as iCable suddenly laid off 40 journalists and crew members, as we watched Jimmy Lai cuffed and denied bail, as we eagerly wait for news from the 12 Hong Kong Youth, as we see independent voices being silenced, as we assist to a climate of fear grabbing hold of a city that was to be a bulwark of freedom…
But as we enter this new week, I take to heart the words the caring and tireless campaigner Sam Goodman from Hong Kong Watch wrote me on the morning of Jimmy Lai’s arrest:
“Gotta lose yourself in action, otherwise you will fall into a pit of despair”.
He gifted me these words stated to him by the late American Congressman and nonviolent civil rights leader John Lewis. Words that are both a consolation and a call to action.
We owe it to all those whose voice they try to silence and whose home and freedom they have taken, to transform our pain into daily action, moving even a single millimetre a day in the right direction, never allowing ourselves to forget or to give in.
Those who have sacrificed so much, if not all, need to know they can count on others to carry on the cause. And so, rather than give in to despair, let us start this week by looking at some good news and the actions we must undertake together over the coming days, weeks and months.
On December 10, International Human Rights Day, the European Union should finally sign off on its EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, an equivalent to the US Magnitsky Act. [Confirmed yesterday by Bill Browder on Twitter ]
This is a fundamental step towards ensuring a broader coordination across democracies of imposed individual sanctions. It should create a momentum to be seized immediately to ensure the Sanctions Regime is implemented immediately across EU Member States and that designation of names happens swiftly. The numerous Members of Parliament across Member States as well as the European Parliament who have come out in support of Hong Kong, Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Ivan Lam and so many others, should play a pivotal role in this.
Today, two amendments are being put forward to the new Trade Bill in the United Kingdom. Thanks to truly brilliant and amazing advocacy work by Luke de Pulford and Rahima Mahmut and upon proposal by Lord Alton of Liverpool, Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean and Baroness Falkner of Margravine, if approved by both Houses of Parliament, International bilateral Trade Agreements with the UK may be revoked if and when the High Court of England and Wales makes a preliminary determination that another signatory to the relevant agreement represents a state which has committed genocide under Article II of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, following an application to revoke an international bilateral trade agreement on this ground from a person or a group of persons belonging to a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group, or an organization representing such a group, which has been the subject of that genocide.
Both the above developments represent enormous steps forward in creating concrete and effective mechanisms to hold authoritarian regimes around the world to account where existing global mechanisms fail, and we owe a great debt of gratitude and admiration to those who have made these possible. They represent a possible future alternative to what is currently being prospected. They are providing all of us with a fighting chance in standing up to authoritarian regimes and those who violate human rights.
Another significant milestone was reached last week: on December 3rd, as Agnes Chow spent her 24th birthday behind prison bars, our proposal for the recognition of a new human and civil Right to Know was heard and welcomed by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the largest regional body for the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, comprising 47 Member States.
The road may yet be long for this right to be fully recognized around the globe, but its aim and scope are fundamental tools in the global struggle for democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
As Joey Siu wrote this week: one of the main aims of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) is most evidently silencing any opposition and making sure their voices cannot be heard. The continuous and increasing acts of repression of the freedom of the press, freedom of thought and freedom of expression are a direct testament to this. As I have written before, I remain firmly convinced the biggest crime Hong Kongers committed in the eyes of Beijing has been their capacity to bring their struggle to the global stage. Such would not have been possible without the freedoms once guaranteed in Hong Kong.
Such has not been possible in Xinjiang, in Tibet, in Southern Mongolia, and in tons of other realities we may not even be aware of, in and outside China. Joey concluded her opinion piece:
“If noise is what the CCP is afraid of, we shall never be silenced.”
A fundamental corollary of this is to ensure that those voices then be heard all around the world through the right to know, that the censorship applied by regimes all over be undone in democratic countries, that victims of oppression may share their story with and be heard by public opinion, bring their case before courts and tribunals, and see perpetrators effectively punished.
This is a scenario we are slowly - often too slowly for those suffering today - but surely moving towards today through the above-described measures. This is a scenario that those standing up for freedom, for human rights, for democracy in Hong Kong helped make possible.
Your struggle, your fight, your voice has awakened thousands of people around the world. Your plight has moved and is moving Parliaments. Not just for Hong Kong, but for people living under oppression all around the world.
As you stand on the frontline against the encroaching darkness, know not only that you do not stand alone, but that you are producing miracles for the protection of each and every single individual around the world in the future.
So, Hong Kong: Thank you! Hang in there! Be safe! Resist!
(Laura Harth. A human rights activist, she coordinates activities with the Global Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella” (GCRL). She also acts as a regional liaison for the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).)