UNCRC: An Intenrational Legal Response to Robert Chow on collecting and exposing identifies of students on strike

8 Sept 2014

Robert Chow announced a new campaign targeting students who will be on strike and/or participate in occupy movement

Chow does not seem aware of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Hong Kong and China are both parties and which clearly states that:

Article 15

1. States Parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly.

2. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of these rights other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

Article 16

1. No child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation.

2. The child has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Concerned citizens may file complaints to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Personal Data at complaints@pcpd.org.hk.

Pro-Beijing March Brings Hong Kong’s CCP Supporters Out of Hiding

Li Zhen | 20 August 2014 | Epoch Times

HONG KONG—When Hong Kong citizens began protesting for democracy and the right to choose their own leader without the Chinese regime’s influence, the Chinese regime protested right back.

More than 1,000 pro-Beijing business, labor, political, and community groups organized a march through Hong Kong on Aug. 17 to protest against Occupy Central with Love and Peace, a Hong Kong movement for universal suffrage. The organizers, who call themselves the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, announced after the march that over 1,500 pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) groups participated with a total of 193 thousand people.

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CCP Spends Millions to Stage Anti-Occupy Central in Hong Kong

19 August 2014 | NTD.TV

Sunday, Hong Kong pro-Beijing camp mobilized a movement to oppose the ‘Occupy Central’. It is said the CCP had invested hundreds of millions of dollars to recruit participants, with money, gifts, free meals and transportation. While the participants were holding banners that stated, ‘anti-violence’, violence was created along the demonstration with trash everywhere. Mainlanders ridicule the clumsy political performance of the CCP as simply a farce.

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Let’s admit it, those ‘cash to protest’ reports are true

SC Yeung | 19 August 2014 | EJ Insight

Robert Chow Yung, the spokesman for the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, should apologize to the public over the issue of payments to participants to join the anti-Occupy Central demonstration as reported by the media.

If the reports are true, such a practice is a blow to the Hong Kong core value of honesty and can only stir public discontent toward the pro-Beijing campaign.

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Night and Day: The Difference Between Hong Kong Rallies

19 August 2014 | Wall Street Journal

A pro-Beijing rally was held Sunday in Hong Kong to counter the city’s July 1 pro-democracy rally. Local police estimated that 110,600 people attended the pro-Beijing rally at its peak, compared with 66,000 for the pro-democracy rally. But University of Hong Kong researchers came to the opposite conclusion, estimating an attendance of between 79,000 and 88,000 on Sunday, and between 154,000 and 172,000 on July 1.

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Notes from the Street

Evan Fowler | 19 August 2014 | Asia Sentinel

The Anti-Occupy Central Demonstration and its Contradictions

Two days ago a group calling itself the Alliance for Peace and Democracy staged a march in Hong Kong against Occupy Central with Love and Peace, which has threatened to occupy the streets of Central as an act of civil disobedience if the Hong Kong government does not propose to Beijing a model of democratic reform that meets “international standards” and is representative of the views of the Hong Kong people as decided by a referendum.

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Were some Hong Kong marchers paid?

Juliana Liu | 19 August 2014 | BBC

Boisterous demonstrations are a feature of life in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese city that enjoys the freedom of speech and assembly.

Citizens tend to be extremely politically savvy, as well as practical.

That’s why rallies tend to take place on Sundays and public holidays, when most people have time off.

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Anti-Occupy Central marchers given cash, free lunch: reports

18 August 2014 | EJ Insight

Participants in the mass protest organized by the Alliance for Peace and Democracy on Sunday were given cash and other gifts amounting to HK$200 to HK$350 (US$25.80-45.15) each for taking part in the demonstration against the Occupy Central movement, according to reports by several local newspapers and television stations.

The reporters said members of the Federation of HK Guangxi Community Organization offered participants HK$200 each upon showing up at the march, as well as a gift pack of food items worth around HK$130, Apple Daily reported on Monday, citing undercover reporters who joined the march.

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‘Protest against what?’ Many elderly come along on the march

18 August 2014 | EJ Insight

Many elderly people joined the anti-Occupy Central rally on Sunday and some of them did not know what they were protesting against.

The Alliance for Peace and Democracy, which organized the march, claimed that 193,000 people took part in the march.

Some seniors said they just came along on the march when asked by leaders of their associations, AM 730 reported.

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After Hong Kong March, Speculation Over Payments and Motivations

Alan Wong | 18 August 2014 | New York Times

The aftermath of a mass gathering is not always pretty, be it the Woodstock festival or annual July 1 pro-democracy march in Hong Kong. To some extent, disorder and litter are inevitable.

So after the march in Hong Kong on Sunday to register opposition to the pro-democracy movement called Occupy Central with Love and Peace, what attracted the most attention was not the images of trash-strewn streets, but of the messy exchange of money for the apparent drudgery of participating in the march.

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Cash, Shopping, and Free Dim Sum Brought Pro-Beijing Protestors to Hong Kong

Lily Kuo | 18 August 2013 | CityLab

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marched yesterday to show their opposition to a pro-democracy movement threatening to bring the city’s financial district to a standstill if genuine elections aren’t allowed in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The demonstration is evidence, organizers and lawmakers said, that Hong Kong’s silent majority has finally spoken up.

Or have they? Indeed, plenty of local Hong Kongers (paywall) are concerned by the disruptions an occupation of the city’s financial district could bring and doubt the use of widespread pro-democracy protests, promoted by a group called Occupy Central, in the face of Beijing’s growing influence. But those concerned citizens weren’t necessarily the ones out on the streets this weekend.

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Hong Kong Police Slammed as Biased After Anti-Occupy Protest

18 August 2014 | Radio Free Asia

Democracy activists in Hong Kong on Monday accused police in the former British colony of inflating the number of participants at a weekend demonstration opposing plans for an “Occupy Central” movement, which has threatened mass civil disobedience if China doesn’t offer the city a real choice in the next election for its leader.

Police said the number of protesters at Sunday’s pro-Beijing march for “peace and democracy” had reached 111,800, in sharp contrast to the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme’s estimate of no more than 88,000.

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‘Fake’ Pro-Gov Protesters Paid to Rally Against HK Democracy Movement

18 August 2014 | Hong Wrong

Thousands of protesters occupied Central in a rally against the pro-democracyOccupy Central movement yesterday. However, Now TV, Cable TV, TVBOriental Daily and the Economic Journal each discovered instances of demonstrators being paid up to HK$480 or offered freebies to attend.

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How pro-Beijing march turned into a dud

SC Yeung | 18 August 2014 | EJ Insight

Sunday’s pro-government march will be remembered for a lot of things but not for what it hoped to achieve — win over Hong Kong people.

Let’s get the latter part out of the way and say it out loud: the march was an utter failure.

More than that, it was an embarrassment, the way a bad joke humiliates a comedian. But more remarkably, it will go down as a bizarre show of force.

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Pro-China demonstration in Hong Kong

Banyan | 18 August 2014 | The Economist

NOWHERE in the world, it seems, are demonstrators so hard to count as in Hong Kong. This was true even under British rule. Under Chinese sovereignty since 1997, Hong Kong’s arithmetic has got even harder. When untold thousands took to the streets on July 1st for what has become an annual march demanding full democracy for the special administrative region of China, the police estimated 98,600 people took part. The organisers reckoned more than five times as many braved the heat to raise their voices against the local government.

In comparison the estimates of attendance at the “pro-China” demonstration on August 17th are in a rather tighter range: 111,000, said the police; 193,000 the organisers. The police of course work for the government, and that the Hong Kong government is itself “pro-China”. But in this case, other complexities entered the calculations: how many of the protesters were genuine?  How many took to the streets because they had been paid to do so? (The sizeable South Asian contingent, for example, seem unlikely to have been donating their day off for the cause.) How many were treated to lunch or “encouraged” by their employers to take part? And how many were mainland tourists, on what must have seemed an unusual coach tour?

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