“Hong Kong legislators vote down Beijing-backed electoral reforms”

In international news, the CBC reports on how Hong Kong legislators have defeated an electoral reform bill: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hong-kong-legislators-vote-down-beijing-backed-electoral-reforms-1.3118115

The bill, which was backed by pro-Beijing legislators, would have allowed a the people of Hong Kong to vote on the city’s chief executive, but the only eligible candidates would be ones that were approved by the Government of China.

The pre-approval of all candidates by the Government would have meant that the elections for the Chief Executive would not have met the requirements of international law for democratic governance set out in Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

 (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

For now, the Chief executive will continue to be appointed by the Government of China, as pro-democracy activists continue to push for a genuine election process.

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