Joint Statement from Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions in Hong Kong

 

Fighting for Hong Kong from local to international fronts;
Supporting the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019;
Building support from the Free World Countries.

Demands are made, efforts are paid, even sweat and blood have been shed. The Hong Kong regime nonetheless pays no attention to the popular demands of the general public and only stirs up further fury with its shameless rhetorics, reluctant and pompous attitude, and bloody suppression of dissidents. We hereby reiterate the five major demands of Hongkongers, namely the complete withdrawal of the Extradition Bill, the retraction of categorising protests as riots, the withdrawal of criminal charges against all protesters, a thorough investigation of police brutality, and the immediate implementation of genuine universal suffrage for both elections of the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive. The government’s continuous apathy towards these demands shall do nothing good and digs its own grave for its end.

After our month-long protests of various magnitudes, the HKSAR government has hardly taken any step forward and closer to the general public and only continues its indifference towards the demands of Hongkongers. Such growing tension between the government and the public is not only founded recently. From the disqualifications of pan-democrats and localists from standing for elections and taking their role as elected Legislative Council members, the prohibition of the Hong Kong National Party, the unreasonable refusal to renew Victor Mallet’s work visa, to most recently, the arbitrary and forceful attempt to pass the Extradition Bill; the regime coerces Hongkongers to succumb to authority and act as mere puppets of the Chinese regime. Hongkongers’ growing concern is further alarmed by the latest rumours surrounding the implementation of the social credit system under the ‘Guangdong Province 3-year Action Plan on Pushing Forward Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (2018-2020)’. Should this system be implemented, our autonomy will only be further conceited, pushing us to a point of no return – a mere city of communist China.

Fighting for Hong Kong from local to international fronts

Hong Kong is falling into the grip of the Chinese communist regime, we, Hongkongers, shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in the streets, we shall fight in all districts of Hong Kong, we shall bring the fight from local arenas to international fronts, whatever the costs may be. We shall never surrender.

Because we believe it is not only the fight of Hongkongers for our autonomy, it is also the fight of the Free World against global tyranny; Hong Kong is not only our homeland, but also the outpost of the Free World where free citizens fight against a global tyranny at the forefront.

Therefore, we, Students’ Unions of tertiary institutions, hereby bring the fight of Hong Kong to the international front through citizen diplomacy. We will engage foreign university students, civil society activists, politicians, diplomats and overseas Hongkongers to establish international support for Hong Kong.

Supporting the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

The first and foremost task is to mobilise support for the swift passage of the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019” in the United States Congress, which would ensure that an effective check and protection are in place amid the growing Communist erosion of our autonomy. Should the Bill be passed, individual-targeted sanctions can be imposed on treacherous personnel infringing upon Hong Kong’s autonomy. Sanctions including freezing one’s assets and denying one’s entry to the United States act as an effective bulwark against their daily endeavour in further betraying Hong Kong and yielding to the regime.

While one may see the existing “United States–Hong Kong Policy Act 1992” as serving a similar purpose, it is important to note that the Act only grants territory-wide sanctions targeting not only the specific individuals but everyone within the Hong Kong territory, sanctioning both innocent Hong Kong citizens as well as Americans in Hong Kong. This further proves the necessity of passing the Bill to target individuals betraying Hong Kong, and to protect the innocent, be they Hongkongers or Americans.

We, Students’ Unions of tertiary institutions, therefore respectfully urge all Representatives and Senators of the United States Congress to act quickly to pass the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019”.

Building support from the Free World countries

To strengthen international support for Hong Kong’s autonomy, we will not only seek the support from the United States, but also build support from all other Free World Countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and the European Union.

In the months to come, we will engage with the Free World by all possible means with a view to build their support for Hong Kong’s autonomy.

We shall carry on the fight, until one day, we, Hongkongers, live in autonomy.

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
The Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
The Education University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Lingnan University Students’ Union
The Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University