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January 11, 2021
On January 5, the Hong Kong government arrested 53 activists and legislators for organizing peaceful, democratic primary elections in July 2020. An unprecedented rebuke of political rights, the arrests served as a stark reminder of the Chinese Communist Party’s accelerated effort to stamp out any... Read More
August 11, 2020
This week, China’s crackdown on political freedom in Hong Kong continued with several high profile arrests under the new  National Security Law for Hong Kong (NSL HK), including pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai. With... Read More
July 02, 2020
Just over a year ago, Hong Kongers took to the streets to hold Beijing to its commitments under the "one country, two systems" principle, uniting around five core demands for political freedom and accountability. After months of violent repression of these popular peaceful protests, this week the... Read More
June 12, 2020
This week, Hong Kongers marked the one-year anniversary of their pro-democracy movement by taking to the streets once again in protest of China’s latest and most aggressive assault on the island’s autonomy. In this blog, the International Republican Institute (IRI)’s Christopher Olsen reflects on... Read More
January 23, 2020
November 24, 2019 was a Sunday and, as on so many Sundays in the past six months, the people of Hong Kong took to the streets. Across the city, nearly three million residents of all backgrounds marched to make their voices heard. This time, however, they did not go to the frontlines to hoist signs... Read More
June 27, 2019
“Elections” are often the first thing people think of when they think about democracy. And while elections are a key component, there is much more to democracy than that. For example, effective democracy requires the rule of law, the separation of powers, functioning political parties, an... Read More