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Activists testify before US Congress for legislation supporting democracy in Hong Kong

Activists testify before US Congress for legislation supporting democracy in Hong KongProminent pro-democracy figures from Hong Kong made direct calls to United States lawmakers on Tuesday, urging Congress to pass new legislation that bolsters US support for the city’s autonomy.Activists including Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Denise Ho travelled to Washington to testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), as unrest in Hong Kong passed its 100th day. Their visit coincided with the launch on Tuesday of a new Washington-based advocacy organisation championing human rights and democracy in Hong Kong.While triggered by a now-dead extradition bill, protests in Hong Kong have over time adopted a broader pro-democracy agenda, including demands for universal suffrage; an independent inquiry into allegations of police brutality: and amnesty for the hundreds of Hongkongers arrested since demonstrations began in June.Historians will look back on 2019 as “a watershed”, said Wong, who himself is on bail pending an appeal against unlawful assembly charges. The 22-year-old expressed hope that historians would “celebrate the United States Congress for having stood on the side of Hongkongers, the side of human rights and democracy”.Introduced by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Representative Christopher Smith of New Jersey, both Republicans, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would, among other things, require the US to sanction Chinese officials deemed responsible for “undermining basic freedoms in Hong Kong”.Support in Congress is growing for the bipartisan bill, which is now backed by 45 lawmakers across the Senate and House of Representatives.Beijing regards the legislative move as evidence of efforts by “foreign forces” to interfere in Hong Kong affairs, which it considers an internal matter. Hong Kong police target high-profile activists in wave of arrestsTestifying before Tuesday’s panel on Capitol Hill, the Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho urged lawmakers to pass the bill, and said that hers was “not a plea for the so-called ‘foreign interference’”.“This is a plea for democracy,” Ho told the panel.“This is a plea for the freedom to choose.”Though supportive of the bill, Sharon Hom of Human Rights in China, an advocacy group promoting democratic reforms in China, said that Hongkongers did not need the salvation of foreign governments like the US. “I think Hong Kong people will save ourselves,” she said.“What I think is necessary from the international community is please help make the human cost less,” said Hom, who is the advocacy group’s executive director. “Because it’s very clear and heartbreaking that the young people are ready to go to the mat.”In his testimony, Wong, who heads Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Demosisto party and was one of the leaders of the 2014 Occupy movement, sad that Beijing had “turned a whole generation of youngsters [into] dissidents”.Ahead of Tuesday’s hearing, Beijing accused Wong of being anti-Chinese and seeking to serve himself through courting foreign support.Wong, who last week called for a human rights clause in any US-China trade agreement, was “in no position to make wanton comments on matters of US-China relations”, said a foreign ministry spokeswoman at a regular briefing on Monday. Showdown with Beijing looms as more US lawmakers back democracy bill“I will reiterate that Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs,” the spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said. “No foreign government, organisation or individual has any right to interfere.”The Chinese government has also accused Washington of being directly responsible for unrest in Hong Kong, pointing to the appearance of “American faces” and US flags at protests, and meetings in the US capital between senior administration officials and pro-democracy advocates from Hong Kong.Representative Smith said on Tuesday that blaming the US executive and congressional branches for the protests was “an act of cowardly propaganda and not befitting a nation with aspirations of global leadership”. Hong Kong extradition opponents take their case to the US CongressIn May, pro-democracy activists, including Martin Lee and Nathan Law, also testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the then-proposed extradition bill that would have permitted extraditions to the mainland, as well as other jurisdictions with which Hong Kong lacked a treaty.Support for Hong Kong on Tuesday was not limited to a push for passage of the new bill. Later in the day, activists launched the Hong Kong Democracy Council (HKDC), a US-registered non-governmental organisation based in Washington that describes itself as “the new, unified and hopeful voice for Hong Kong democracy and human rights in DC”.At an open-air news conference held a stone’s throw from Tuesday’s hearing, members of Congress, activists, professors and singers voiced support for Hong Kong’s struggle.“This uphill battle, we need to stand as one in solidarity,” Wong said in support of the new organisation. “Now is the time for the world to pay attention to Hong Kong.”Anna Cheung, an HKDC founding board member and biology professor at Manhattanville College in Harrison, New York, said it took about three months to organise the group, which she said would help strengthen communication with Congress and educate Americans about Hong Kong.Cheung said she expected the council to continue, financed by crowd funding, even after the current showdown ends given the continuing nature of problems in Hong Kong.“We’ve seen with the ‘umbrella movement’, boom, in five years it wakes up,” she said.At one point during the news conference, screeching electronic feedback blared from a microphone. “Is that Beijing?” joked Representative Tom Suozzi, a Democrat of New York, from the makeshift lectern.“The world is paying attention to what’s happening in Hong Kong right now,” he said. “We can’t stop.”More from South China Morning Post: * US lawmakers introduce bill to stop tear gas sales to Hong Kong * Hong Kong leader vows not to let US become a stakeholder in city’s affairs, and calls on anti-government protesters to stop asking Washington for help * Pro-government demonstrators demand resignation of Hong Kong Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma over ‘lenience’ shown to democracy activists * China tells US politicians to stop ‘interfering’ in Hong Kong after Nancy Pelosi backs push for democracy billThis article Activists testify before US Congress for legislation supporting democracy in Hong Kong first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2019.




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Adopt Sustainable Operations, Swedish Envoy Tells Local Biz

Adopt Sustainable Operations, Swedish Envoy Tells Local BizFTHE Swedish government is seeking to raise awareness on sustainability in consumerism as it pushes for efforts to combat environmental challenges.Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries said




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EMB checks Cebu air quality as residents note foggy condition

EMB checks Cebu air quality as residents note foggy conditionAMBIENT air quality experts are checking if clouds of smoke from Indonesia’s wildfires caused the foggy condition in parts of Metro Cebu Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.Cebuanos woke up to what many described




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New traffic scheme up at UN Ave.

New traffic scheme up at UN Ave.A DRY run come Sunday, Sept. 22, of a new traffic scheme at U.N. Ave. in Mandaue City will determine if a roundabout route under the Marcelo Fernan Bridge will decongest traffic at the busy intersection.Florentino




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PRO 7 records 17-18 suicides a month

PRO 7 records 17-18 suicides a monthEVERY year from 2016 to 2019, the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Branch Division of the Police Regional Office Central Visayas recorded 850 suicides.On the average, that’s 213 persons




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Authorities can’t say just yet: Indonesia haze reaches Cebu?
Has the haze from the forest fire in Indonesia reached Cebu?

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800


CIDG probes molestation video
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-7 will investigate a video that has gone viral on social media, which reportedly shows an unconscious woman getting molested inside a car by a group of men.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800


Court tells city execs to answer Tomas’ complaint
The Regional Trial Court (Branch 10) has directed Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, the City Council, and representatives of the giant firms that bought 45.5 hectares at the South Road Properties to answer the complaint filed by former mayor Tomas Osmeña.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800


GCTA surrenderees moved to Leyte today
At least 37 beneficiaries of the Good Conduct Time Allowance law who surrendered to authorities will be transported at 10 a.m. today to Abuyog, Leyte’s Bureau of Corrections facilities.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800


Mandaue City to re-route traffic on UN Avenue
Commuters passing UN Avenue can now expect a more free-flowing traffic system starting Sunday, September 22.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800


Over 200,000 voters to be deactivated
The over 200,000 voters who failed to cast their ballots for two elections in a row are now being deactivated by the Commission on Elections Cebu in time for the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800


PCUP exec told to explain role in Apas lot row
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella is asking Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor coordinator Jacqueline Visitacion to explain her alleged involvement in the issuance of a certificate to proceed with the demolition of houses on Lot 937 in Barangay Apas.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800


Phone booths, messages of hope eyed
The Mandaue City Council has proposed to the Mactan-Cebu Bridge Management Board some measures to prevent suicide incidents on the two bridges.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800


Dad: City needs dengue council
To prevent and control the spread of dengue, Cebu City Councilor Eugenio Gabuya, Jr. has proposed an ordinance creating the Cebu City Anti-Dengue Council.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800


Labella eyes talks with Gullas on cleanup
After the “productive” collaboration with the neighboring city last Saturday, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said he will discuss with Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas, Jr. the massive cleanup drive along Bulacao River that would take place before the month ends.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +0800