The people of Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, have traditionally enjoyed substantial civil liberties and the rule of law under their local constitution, the Basic Law. However, the chief executive and half of the Legislative Council (Legco) are chosen through indirect electoral systems that favor pro-Beijing interests, and the territory’s freedoms and autonomy have come under threat in recent years due to growing political and economic pressure from the mainland.
Freedom in the World — Hong Kong Report
Hong Kong is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2021, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Countries in the Spotlight
Freedom in the World's Countries in the Spotlight features countries that experienced important developments in 2019 that affected their democratic trajectory, and deserve special scrutiny in 2020. In Hong Kong, sustained demonstrations against meddling by Beijing were met with police violence, but undeterred voters expressed overwhelming support for prodemocracy candidates in local elections. View the full Freedom in the World report to learn about the other Countries in the Spotlight.
Recommendations for Policymakers: Democratic Crisis in Hong Kong
The United States and other democracies must take strong, immediate action to stand with the people of Hong Kong in their defense of democratic values.
Hong Kong: Freedom House Condemns Arrests, Raid on Apple Daily Newspaper
June 17, 2021
The Gutting of Hong Kong’s Public Broadcaster
May 26, 2021
Hong Kong: Freedom House Condemns Convictions of Prodemocracy Figures, Worsening Crackdown
April 2, 2021
Hong Kong: Proposed Electoral Changes an Assault on Democratic Principles
March 9, 2021
Hong Kong: Human Rights Groups Condemn Mass Arrests
January 8, 2021
Hong Kong: Freedom House Condemns Mass Arrest of Prodemocracy Activists, Politicians
January 6, 2021
* Indicates a territory as opposed to an independent country.