The collapse of democracy in Hong Kong: who's next?

Online event
donderdag 24 september
20:15 (in English)

For months mass protests dominated the streets of the former British colony Hong Kong. As China imposed a new intrusive security law, Hong Kong protesters can now get imprisoned for life even for making anti-China banners. The law symbolizes a definite end of freedom and democracy in this special administrative region of China. Yet, it comes as no surprise considering the expansion of Chinese power on the world stage.

During this event we will discuss the origins, consequences and future of Hong Kong’s situation and its implications for the rest of the world. E.g. what lessons should be learned from Hong Kong? Has the West been too idle in defending its principles of democracy and the constitutional state? And how do we keep the Chinese government out of our own backyard?


Benedict Rogers is a human rights activist and writer.  He is also the co-founder and Chair of Hong Kong Watch, co-founder and Deputy Chair of the UK Conservative Party Human Rights Commission and a member of the advisory group of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).

China expert, Clingendael Research Fellow and author Ties Dams. His research focuses on grand strategy, Europe-China relations, and the geopolitics of the Silk Road. In 2018 he published a book on the life and rule of president Xi Jinping: De Nieuwe Keizer (The New Emperor). He lectures on grand strategy at the University of Amsterdam.

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