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Press Release 1 (July 23, 2022)
Contact Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Embargoed Till July 27, 2022
PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE HONG KONG PARLIAMENT ELECTORAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
The Hong Kong Parliament Electoral Organizing Committee (“the Committee”) is founded by a group of Hong Kong citizens, including, but not limited to, former elected legislators, prominent journalists, scholars, businessmen and professionals. The Committee is dedicated to establish, by universal suffrage, a political body, The Hong Kong Parliament (“HKP”), which represents, solidifies and revives Hong Kong people’s rights of self-determination.
Under Beijing’s tyrannical interference, freedom and democracy in Hong Kong have rapidly eroded. Other than breaching the promise of universal suffrage, Beijing has further abrogated the rights of the Hong Kong people, commonly known as “the Hongkongers” to elect their own representatives.
The Committee aims at organizing a free global election among the Hongkongers who would then be able to confer on the elected representatives by their votes the political legitimacy to speak and act on behalf of the Hongkongers.
The press conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens currently reside. The details of press conferences are as follows:
Date: July 27, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (Admission starts at 9:30 a.m.)
Venue: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Center & Spa, Markham, Ontario, CAN
Victor Ho, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Parliament Electoral Organizing Committee
Elmer Yuen, Initiator of the “Hong Kong Parliament”
Online platform: Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/umj-hvzx-gsx)
Our official website (https://hkparliament.com) and social media channels would be launched on July 27. Updates and news regarding the Hong Kong Parliament would be released continuously.
There will be a Q&A session after the speakers’ addresses. Please reply to this email if you would like to join in the press conference online or offline. More information about the press conference arrangement will be released. Please let us know if you would like to have an interview with our speakers after the conference and we will make the arrangement accordingly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Hong Kong Parliament Electoral Organizing Committee
July 23, 2022
Sovereignty and Self-Determination
Hong Kong Parliament Electoral Organizing Committee Formation
The Hong Kong Parliament Electoral Organizing Committee (“the Committee”) is founded by a group of Hong Kong citizens, including, but not limited to, former elected legislators, prominent journalists, scholars, businessmen and professionals. The Committee is dedicated to establish, by universal suffrage, a political body, The Hong Kong Parliament (“HKP”) which represents, solidifies and revives Hong Kong people’s rights of self-determination.
The Committee was officially formed in July 2022 in Toronto, Canada. It is the Committee’s belief that only a genuine democratic election could literally voice for the people of Hong Kong, commonly known as the “Hongkongers”.
Under Beijing’s tyrannical interference, freedom and democracy in Hong Kong have rapidly eroded. Other than breaching the promise of universal suffrage, Beijing has further abrogated HongKongers’ rights to elect their own representatives.
In 2019, 71.23% of voters participated in the District Council Election. 86% of the directly elected representatives came from the pro-democracy parties. In June 2020, the Chinese government enacted the draconian “National Security Law”. Directed by the Chinese Communist Party, the Hong Kong government disqualified dozens of democratically elected legislators. Furthermore, Beijing altered the election legislation, resulting in disenfranchising the rights of the majority of Hongkongers. In the premises, the newly elected pro-democracy councillors were under threats of arrest and imprisonment. In the 2021 election, less than one-third of eligible voters participated, mainly because there were no pro-democracy candidates.
The Committee believes in Popular Sovereignty. Hongkongers should as of right decide Hong Kong’s future. To exercise this principle, Hongkongers must elect their representatives by free, fair, and safe elections which meet the international standard.
The duties of the Committee are listed as follows:
- Set rules and regulations for the Hong Kong Parliament Election;
- Design voting and verification systems which ensure security, privacy, and fairness;
- Encourage Hongkongers all over the world to participate;
- Seek support from international allies;
- Define the mechanisms of nomination, campaign, voting, vote-counting and independent observation.
The elected Member of Parliament will obtain the mandate from Hongkongers. They can voice out for Hongkongers scattered all over the world, raise international awareness of Hong Kong democracy, human rights issues, and advocate for the interest of Hongkongers. Hongkongers residing everywhere can show solidarity and promote a sense of identity by participating in the Hong Kong Parliament Election.
The Election is aimed to be held in late 2023. The Committee is currently working with different experts and Hongkongers to explore a feasible and secured election plan.
The Committee is formed by a group of Hong Kong citizens, including, but not limited to, former elected legislators, prominent journalists, scholars, businessmen and professionals. Core members include:
Leung Mau Victor Ho (Chairman of The Committee)
Journalist and YouTuber. Being a part-time lecturer, taught news editing and reporting courses for several universities in Hong Kong.
Former elected member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council.
Hong Kong and US Industrialist, initiator of the “Hong Kong Parliament”.
The official webpage (https://hkparliament.com) and social media channels are also launched on July 27. The Committee will keep releasing news and updates on the Hong Kong Parliament Election. The Committee welcomes all constructive suggestions so that we can achieve this election together.