Self-Determination

Political Disqualifications in Macau Draw From the Template of Hong Kong

21 pro-democracy legislative candidates in Macau were disqualified from running for office earlier this week. This took place on the basis of new requirements stipulating that electoral candidates must pledge allegiance to Macau and the Macau Basic Law, as well as uphold the Chinese constitution and decisions made by China’s National People’s Congress...

Indigenous Protest Over Solar Farm in Early May Reflects Recurring Issues

Earlier this month, before the uptick in COVID-19 cases that has led to near-lockdown conditions in Taipei and New Taipei, 400 members of the Puyuma people protested outside of the Taitung county government building on May 7th against plans to develop a solar farm. In particular, protesters claim they were not adequately consulted before the county government went ahead with plans to build the solar farm, and that they were excluded from the decision-making process...

Further Jail Sentences Handed Down to Pro-Democracy Politicians in Hong Kong

Ten pro-democracy activists were sentenced to jail earlier this week in Hong Kong in the latest action by China as part of a months-long political crackdown. The sentencing takes place on the basis of participating in unauthorized assemblies on August 18th and August 31st in 2018, with the possibility of further charges down the line...

62nd Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day Commemorated in Taipei with March, Prayer Ceremony

A march is held annually in Taipei to commemorate Tibetan Uprising Day, which remembers the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupiers in Tibet. This year the decision was made to hold the march on the Sunday before Tibetan Uprising Day on March 7th and to hold a prayer ceremony at Liberty Plaza on March 10th...