At a press conference, Ms. Lau talked about the sharp decline in Hong Kongs human rights. She stated that if the Hong Kong people fail to fight for their own human rights, then these rights will be permanently lost. Under pressure from Beijing, Hong Kong plans to enact the Article 23 legislation, has denied Falun Gong practitioners entry to Hong Kong several times, and has imposed restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of belief. In Ms. Laus opinion, Hong Kong is about to become another city under the autocratic power of China.
Emily Lau concluded, I hope that the Chinese government will become more open in their politics. If this was the case, there would not be the massive infection of SARS. Her speech earned thunderous applause from the audience in Uppsala University.
Translated from Chinese at http://www.yuanming.net/articles/200304/19707.html
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