Sunday, June 16, 2002

Hong Kong: As the government prepares to bring its first criminal case against 16 [practitioners] of the Falun Gong movement Monday, human rights watchdogs are predicting another test of the former British colony's freedoms. Falun Gong is banned on the Chinese mainland [...]. But Hong Kong, although a part of China since 1997, has kept the freedoms that allow Falun Gong to practice its meditation exercises and to protest against the Chinese government's suppression of the movement. Falun Gong worries Hong Kong is following China's lead and trying to silence the group -- a charge Hong Kong's semiautonomous government denies.