WEAI Research Scholar Michael C. Davis has published a new National Democratic Institute report with coauthor Thomas E. Kellogg (Executive Director of the Center for Asian Law) titled “The Promise of Democratization in Hong Kong: Discontent and Rule of Law Challenges.”
In the report, Professor Davis and his coauthor Kellogg provide context and in-depth analysis of the 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The report also shares recommendations for key stakeholders in Hong Kong on how to achieve a resolution to the unrest.
“Despite questions about who may speak authoritatively on behalf of the movement, key stakeholders in the pro-democracy camp believe that the protest movement would respond positively to a serious offer from the government to negotiate if that offer is accompanied by significant steps to address the movement’s concerns. The international community also has a vital role to play, both in supporting the protest movement’s legitimate democratic aspirations, and in pressing the Hong Kong government and Beijing to negotiate and avoid further steps that would only deepen the crisis. Members of the pan-democratic camp cite the importance of international engagement and support, claiming that, but for international pressure, the Hong Kong government would have likely moved forward with its extradition bill and dealt with protests even more harshly,” the report says.
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