China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee ruled against the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong to elect their next leader in 2017 by universal suffrage without restrictions, and established instead a system of election among “two or three” candidates screened by a nominating committee.
The Ukrainian conflict has left 298 international civilian victims in one tragic instant with the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner close to the border with Russia. Now the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, Canada and New Zealand are mourning innocent victims of the Ukrainian crisis.
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, is going to present a report to Beijing requesting the start of the electoral reform process. His report should reflect strong demands from Hong Kong residents for genuine universal suffrage, Human Rights Watch said today in a press release.