Monthly Archives: May 2020

Italian MPs support an international appeal for Hong Kong

Italian MPs support an international appeal for Hong Kong

Lord Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, has called for a United Nations special envoy to be appointed to defend human rights in the city amid a growing international outcry against China’s move to impose a controversial national security law intended to crush dissent. “The establishment of an international contact group to coordinate a global response would

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International appeal on the “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”

International appeal on the “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”

A cross-party international coalition of 682 parliamentarians and policymakers from 36 countries today issued a statement decrying Beijing’s “unilateral introduction of national security legislation in Hong Kong”, and calling for sympathetic governments to unite against this “flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”. Led by the former Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Patten, and the former UK Foreign Secretary, Sir

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Ten years of questions and answers at the House of Commons

Ten years of questions and answers at the House of Commons

In October 2019, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, Philip Alston, made the following statement: “citizens are becoming ever more visible to their governments, but not the other way around.” Federica Donati set out to analyze the Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs) from 2010 to 2020 because it is deemed to be a way of subjecting

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The Right to Know officially tabled at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

The Right to Know officially tabled at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

This morning, the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe elected Senator Roberto Rampi as general rapporteur on the Report on “Freedom of Media, Public Trust and the People’s Right to Know“. The draft resolution, which will be redacted and examined within the Committee, will then be brought before the Strasbourg

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Peter Bone MP: “This is not how our parliamentary democracy works”

Peter Bone MP: “This is not how our parliamentary democracy works”

Speaking by remote in the House of Commons on Tuesday 12 May, Peter Bone, conservative MP for Wellingborough and Rushdensaid, criticized the Government saying that “this is not how our parliamentary democracy works.” After congratulating the Prime Minister on doing a good job in the face of adversities, Mr Bone quickly turned against the Government explaining why the message communicated

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April 2020

April 2020

PHOTO OF THE MONTH – Hong Kong, 24 April 2020: several Hongkongers gathered at distance at a shopping centre to denounce the arrests of prominent pro-democracy figures   Dear Friend, Despite the restraints and difficulties stemming from the Covid outbreak, the Global Committee and all of their Honorary members remain very active and they carry on their activities undeterred. As far as

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COVID19 plot thickens: WHO exactly informed the WHO on December 31st?

COVID19 plot thickens: WHO exactly informed the WHO on December 31st?

While highly sceptic on Beijing’s official narrative and the WHO’s public applauding of the PCC’s handling of the crisis – as when its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commended China for “setting a new standard for outbreak control” and praised the country’s top leadership for its “openness to sharing information” with the WHO and other countries on January 28 after

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The civilised world?

The civilised world?

One of the most alarming, and indeed depressing sights of the last week was that of various unsavoury beefy men carrying automatic weapons and storming Michigan’s Capitol building in protest at the measures the governor has sensibly introduced to prevent the coronavirus spreading. Why were they carrying such weapons? As a European, I cannot understand the American mentality that is

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