Latest Hong Kong government News

A US officiant marries 10 same-sex couples in Hong Kong via video chat

Jun. 26, 2024 07:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Ten same-sex couples got married in the United States over the internet from Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous southern Chinese city that does not formally recognize such unions but offers them legal protections. The event Tuesday was timed to mark Pride Month, with a...

Hong Kong court edges closer to sentencing democracy activists involved in unofficial primary

Jun. 26, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court on Tuesday began mitigation hearings for prominent pro-democracy activists who were convicted under a national security law and now face up to life in prison. The activists were among 47 democracy advocates who were charged with conspiracy to...

Hong Kong invokes a new law to cancel passports of 6 overseas-based activists, including Nathan Law

Jun. 12, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong government on Wednesday canceled the passports of six overseas-based activists under the new national security law, stepping up its crackdown on dissidents who moved abroad. Among them were former pro-democracy lawmaker Nathan Law, unionist Mung...

Top Canadian judge will step down from Hong Kong's top court following other resignations

Jun. 11, 2024 01:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada is stepping down from Hong Kong's top court, city officials said Monday, the latest overseas judge to resign from the court amid concerns about judicial independence. Hong Kong’s judiciary confirmed said Beverly...

Two British judges resign from Hong Kong court. One cites the city's 'political situation'

Jun. 07, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Two British judges have resigned from Hong Kong’s top court, the city’s judiciary said, deepening worries over the city's rule of law under a Beijing-imposed national security law. The judiciary said in a statement Thursday that Jonathan Sumption and Lawrence...

Hong Kong detains an artist on the eve of the 35th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown

Jun. 03, 2024 16:53 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police briefly detained a performance artist on the eve of the 35th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown, underlining the city's shrinking freedom of expression. Police on Monday took away Sanmu Chen on a street of Causeway Bay, a busy Hong...

Hong Kong convicts 14 pro-democracy activists for subversion in the city’s biggest national security case

May. 29, 2024 22:23 PM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong convicts 14 pro-democracy activists for subversion in the city’s biggest national security case.

Hong Kong calls for respect of its overseas-based trade offices after UK charged its London staffer

May. 14, 2024 22:19 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday urged foreign governments to respect its overseas-based trade offices after a staff member in its London branch was charged in Britain for allegedly working for the Chinese city's intelligence service. Chief Executive John Lee said his...

3 men charged in the UK with assisting the Hong Kong intelligence service

May. 13, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The office manager of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London and two other men appeared in court Monday on charges that they helped Hong Kong's intelligence service gather information in Britain, amid growing concern hostile states are trying to interfere with democracy...

A ban on single-use plastics takes effect in Hong Kong in a bid to reduce pollution

Apr. 22, 2024 06:59 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong has long been a major producer and consumer of great food, and a great amount of plastic and Styrofoam to go with it. That’s going to change as new legislation aiming to stop the sale and distribution of Styrofoam products and single-use plastic cutlery...