In 2019, Hong Kong Watch will organise a number of events, drawing together influencers to help inform policy makers of the situation, and facilitate high-level discussion about human rights in Hong Kong.


Upcoming Roundtable Event at the House of Commons: “China and International Rule-based System: Why Hong Kong Matters”

event details

date: 1 July 2019 (Monday)
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: Committee Room 11, House of Commons, London

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Twenty-two years after the handover of Hong Kong to China, Hong Kong faces a crisis which threatens the city's rule of law, basic freedoms and autonomy. Hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong have marched in protest at a proposed new extradition law, which would remove the legal firewall between Hong Kong and China and undermine Hong Kong's basic rights guaranteed under the Basic Law. Shocking police brutality against protesters and journalists has led to an international outcry, with calls on the Hong Kong government to exercise restraint and to abandon the proposed extradition law.

As we mark the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule on Monday 1 July 2019, Hong Kong Watch invites you to join us at this Roundtable Event - “China and International Rule-based System: Why Hong Kong Matters” - hosted by Catherine West MP, former Shadow Foreign Minister responsible for Asia and one of Hong Kong Watch’s Patrons, to explore the uniqueness of Hong Kong in various perspectives and to discuss with our distinguished panel of speakers why Hong Kong matters to China and the world.

Panelists include:

Alistair Carmichael MP: A Liberal Democrat politician and the MP for Orkney and Shetland since the 2001 general election, Alistair Carmichael MP served as Secretary of State for Scotland and previously as Deputy Chief Whip during the Coalition Government from 2010-2015. He is Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. In the past two months he has secured at least two debates in the House of Commons on the erosion of Hong Kong's freedoms, and contributed to other related debates.

Edward Lucas: Formerly a senior editor at The Economist, Edward Lucas is now a senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and writes a weekly column in the London Times. His expertise also includes energy, cyber-security, espionage, information warfare and Russian foreign and security policy and has written pieces on freedoms in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Tibet.

Willis Ho Kit-wang: Willis Ho was one of the 13 activists convicted and sentenced to jail for 13 months (released after three months following appeal) for storming Hong Kong’s Legislative Council in 2014, protesting the government’s plan to build a new town in the northeast New Territories. She was formerly a member of the Lingnan University’s Union, the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Land Justice League. She is now a journalist, content creator and researcher exploring the role that female activists play in social movements in Hong Kong.

Tommy Cheung Sau-yin: Tommy Cheung was the youngest among the 9 Umbrella Movement activists that were convicted of public nuisance charges in April 2019 and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service. He participated the Umbrella Movement as a leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students and the President of the Students’ Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was also the former spokesperson of Scholarism.