Foreign Minister Phil Goff added New Zealand’s voice to a growing international chorus urging the Hong Kong government to reject the mainland-sponsored law when it comes up before the legislature on 9 July.
Month: July 2003
We cannot change others
We can only look within
and change ourselves
In June 2003, practitioners participated in the local World Environment Day, an annual event on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, to promote Falun Dafa. Practitioners from Brisbane and the Gold Coast travelled hundreds of kilometres to attend the days activities.
A Hong Kong University poll has found 53.3 per cent of the
people are opposed to the new security law [Article 23] and only 16.4 per cent support
“We urge (the government) to make every effort to ensure that civil
liberties are not lessened by the proposed legislation,” said a
statement from Chris Gallus, assistant minister to Australian Foreign Minister
Critically, it would mean that organisations banned in mainland China could not operate lawfully in Hong Kong. This would include groups such as Falun Gong and could potentially be extended to include
churches human rights groups, trade unions and even opposition political parties.
Tang has stood up for freedom of belief and expression. These are the very principles on which Australian society is supposed to be founded. To forcibly return him to the tender mercies of a totalitarian state is indefensible.
CID advised to contact the Chinese Embassy in Fiji for more information. When asked Why the Chinese Embassy? the Inspector replied, Because the Chinese Embassy in Fiji brought them to us. This is despite advice from the Fiji Human Rights Commission for this incident that Fiji is a free country which respects freedom of belief and that they should have no problems with the authorities.
People think the freedom of news, religion and assembly must be protected, the policy of One country, Two systems must be protected and the concept of freedom and democracy must be protected. Hong Kong citizens will reject any forms of legislation under basic law article 23.
In order to support the Hong Kong anti Article 23, the Global Coalition Against Article 23 in marched down the street of Auckland in the rain on 29th of June in New Zealand.