China’s landmark #MeToo sexual harassment case returns to court after setback

By Beiyi Seow A landmark sexual harassment case in China returned to court Wednesday after an earlier ruling dealt a blow to the country’s fledgling #MeToo movement. Zhou Xiaoxuan, also known as Xianzi, a feminist figure who rose to prominence during China’s #MeToo movement, holds a bouquet of flowers as she arrives to attend a … Read more

Hong Kong court quashes decision to enforce reporting ban on activist’s national security case in landmark ruling

Reporting restrictions on proceedings regarding the transfer of criminal cases to the High Court must be lifted if the defendant makes such a request, a Hong Kong court has ruled. The landmark judgment, which could extend to cases prosecuted under the national security law, came after activist Chow Hang-tung challenged a magistrate’s decision to retain … Read more

No need to prove subject of national security data probe is foreign agent, Hong Kong court rules

There is no need to prove that an organization or person is a foreign agent before serving them with a notice requiring them to provide information, a Hong Kong magistrate has ruled in a national security case against the city’s defunct Tiananmen group. The decision on Tuesday came after the court was asked to rule … Read more

Hong Kong court rejects application to try sedition case at the High Court, man to plead guilty at District Court

Hong Kong’s District Court has the jurisdiction to handle a sedition case against an autistic man, one of the city’s handpicked national security judges has ruled. The judgment came after barrister Steven Kwan argued that his client, Chan Tai-sum, should be tried at the High Court. Chan stands accused of three counts of sedition and … Read more

Earl’s Court tube station’s historic destination signs have been restored

The four classic destination lightboxes at Earl’s Court tube station, dating from 1905 have started working again after they were restored and connected to a new signaling system being rolled out on the railway. The restored lightbox destination indicators (c) Luca Marino / TfL The destination boards are a legacy of past times, with a … Read more

Cryptocurrency exchange founder sues Bloomberg Businessweek publisher for defamation in Hong Kong court

The founder of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance is suing the publisher of the Chinese edition of Bloomberg Businessweek for unspecified damages over a “defamatory” magazine cover. The Chinese edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. File photo: Peter Lee/HKFP. Zhao Changpeng, who is also the chief executive officer of Binance, filed the case in Hong Kong’s … Read more

Covid-19: Hong Kong Justice Dep’t urges court to adopt ‘looser standard’ in considering legality of restrictions

The court should adopt a looser standard when determining whether Hong Kong’s Covid-19 group gathering limit is constitutional, the Department of Justice (DoJ) argued in court on Wednesday. The argument came after eight democrats said that their conviction for violating Covid-19 social distancing rules was a disproportionate restriction to their rights and freedoms. High Court … Read more

Sedition is ‘like treason,’ prosecutor tells Hong Kong court at speech therapists’ trial over books about sheep

Sedition is a “very serious offense” that is “like treason,” a Hong Kong prosecutor has told a local court in her closing arguments at a trial against five speech therapists who allegedly spread separatism by publishing storybooks about sheep and wolves. A page from a picture book produced by the General Union of Hong Kong … Read more

Hong Kong’s top court overturns first offensive weapons conviction for carrying zip ties

Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal has overturned the city’s first offensive weapon conviction involving zip ties. In a unanimous decision on Friday, the top court ruled in favor of a bid to challenge the interpretation of the city’s legislation against possession of “instruments fit for unlawful purposes.” The challenge was filed by real estate … Read more

Hong Kong court asked to rule if ex-Tiananmen group leaders can challenge legality of national security data probe

A Hong Kong court has been asked to determine if three former members of the defunct group which commemorated the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown could challenge the legality of a national security data probe. Former vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China Chow Hang-tung, and former standing committee members … Read more