2 June 2020
By N Jayaram
Mr Jayaram had worked as the Beijing Correspondent with the Press Trust of India for 15 years and was with the Agence France-Presse news agency's Asia-Pacific operations in Hong Kong for 11 years. He also studied human rights law at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. The event is in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, Stella Maris College, Chennai, and Maharajas College, Mysuru.
Based on the context of the passing of the Security Bill in Hong Kong, the discussion was intended to look at the nature of the world order today and an effort to forecast for the polarity and the future of the world post-COVID-19. Hong Kong protests are one of the early cases of the rise of protest movements across the world.
A brief look at the timeline of the history of Hong Kong from 1941, when the refugees began to come to Hong Kong, to the extradition bill protests in 2019, Jayaram addressed the nature of the region of being the reason for a boost for the economy. Hong Kong saw gradual economic privatization, which allowed some people to get rich faster than the others.
The current challenges are entirely political, though the judiciary in Hong Kong is independent, the business community and the Government in Hong Kong are known to have close ties with the Chinese Communist Party. Many of the legislative members are also seen being on the side of the business nexus. Hong Kong has a common law system, in China, though it is a legally common law system, practically it is not which is why the society and those concerned feel that China would use its heavy-handedness against them. The security law is likely to have an immediate impact on the activities of NGOs and Voluntary Organisations, the foreign activists, and foreign journalists. With Beijing dictating terms now, it seems like the Hong Kong leadership has given up for now. However, Human Rights and all the other treaties signed during the British times still remain with the One Country, Two Systems’ model.