More on the UNHRC report

Mirror concert disasters – first this, then this – as metaphor for collapse of Hong Kong. The (hurriedly copy-edited) Standard quotes an expert in misfortune causing misfortune…

“Estimating the monitor weights 90 kilograms, and at 10-meter high, and if it hit the dancer with its corner, it will create 708 pounds of force, which we could not rule out causing the dancers to death.”

But he added that since the monitor first hit the ground, and then crushed the dancers like a chopper, the force created is only one-third of the estimated.

(The video footage seems to show the monitor landing straight on a dancer.)

Samuel Bickett reviews the UN Human Rights Committee’s surprisingly forthright criticism of Hong Kong. He thinks some of the report is a bit weak, but is generally impressed…

UNHRC called for the repeal of the NSL as incompatible with the ICCPR, which perhaps went further than many expected. It used strong language that puts the Hong Kong Government in an uncomfortable position. The ICCPR is not only written into Hong Kong law via the Bill of Rights, but it is also expressly incorporated into the National Security Law via Article 4, which states that the ICCPR’s rights shall be protected in accordance with the NSL. 

As he points out, the Hong Kong government felt it had to issue a relatively diplomatic press release…

There is little new in the statement, but note the difference between its polite rebuttals of the UNHRC versus its wolf-warrior-esque attacks on other critics like national governments, activists, and media … nothing close to the Hong Kong Government’s claim two weeks ago that the US Government “manifests its hegemonism by disseminating slanders and attempting to intimidate prosecutors of the HKSAR Government.”

See also the threads by Georgetown Law academics Eric Yan and Tom Kellogg.

Meanwhile, Ta Kung Pao comes for the lawyers. Will Justice Dept prosecutors have any qualms about eating their own learned friends? Will they foresee a time when the Beijing press turns on them? Presumably not.

More on the plans for a Hong Kong parliament-in-exile. As a practical matter, the logistics of electing such a body would be tricky, especially if the authorities threaten to prosecute anyone worldwide who participates. In terms of symbolism, it will drive certain people nuts. At best, the phrase ‘so-called’ would explode in government statements. At worst – who knows, maybe a ban on media even mentioning the thing?

On other matters…

How Hongkongers are making new lives – and becoming the ‘new Windrush generation’ – in the south London borough of Sutton. (Have other astute masochists noticed that every SCMP story on teachers’ and other emigration includes a cut-and-paste reference to some Hong Kong migrants in the UK having a bad time?)

Two academics examine how Beijing is using ‘discourse power’ in archaeology and history to establish a case for a ‘Chinese civilization’ dating back millennia and including non-Han cultures – Xindiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ding.

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11 Responses to More on the UNHRC report

  1. Joe Blow says:

    Fun-fact of the day: did you know that there are 2 Ansons in Mirror?

  2. reductio says:

    Question 4. [6 marks]

    A 90kg mass suspended at a height of 10m falls from rest onto a dancer’s head situated at a height of 1.8m above the ground.

    (a) With what velocity will the mass hit the dancer’s head?

    (b) The dancer’s head can withstand a maximum impulse of 1007 Nm before death occurs. Assuming the mass is brought immediately to rest by the head, will the dancer survive? Explain your answer.

    (c) Write down one modelling assumption you have used.

  3. Chinese Netizen says:

    Holy crap! Just checked out the video of the concert. That poor bastard that took the brunt of the screen…like Wile E. Coyote in a Looney Tunes cartoon!!

  4. Quentin Quarantino says:

    Mirror, mirror, on the floor…

  5. Mary Melville says:

    Perhaps the mirror on the floor incident might encourage a few minutes reflection in this community on the plight of all those folk in Ukraine who have not only screens but their entire homes fall on their heads courtesy of a targeted Ruskie missile attack?

  6. donkeynuts says:

    I have my doubts that the crushed head dancer is going to make it out alive. If he does, amazing, but just looking at the different angles, i don’t see how he is NOT suffering from head trauma that causes brain swelling and maybe internal bleeding. He must be in a coma.

  7. Wolflikeme says:

    My sympathies to Paul Chan for spouting this kind of fantasy.

  8. dimuendo says:


    Given the two events cited by Paul Chan are in November, fairly clear quarantine is going to be abolished by them, otherwise no drunks and no walkers.

  9. Hamantha says:


    Paul Chan is the same guy who, behind closed doors, reportedly assured his wealthy, upper-class friends that COVID would be gone by Easter 2020.

    So… I would take what Paul Chan says with a grain of salt…

  10. Elbow or arse? says:


    $100 says they do the stupid, half-arsed thing and remove the external quarantine without removing all the internal restrictions (which they’re planning on ramping up with the app to be on par with the mainland and Macau — red for sick people and undesirables).

    End result: a PR disaster from an influx of thousands of tourists who find they can’t do any tourist things in HK like eating out, drinking, watching shows, shopping or sight-seeing.

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