All Student Vote (Spring 2020)
Motion to support Hong Kong's movement and protect freedom of expression on campus
This motion asks for Warwick SU to publish a statement condemning human rights abuses by the Hong Kong Police Force and SAR Government. To also support Hong Kong students involved in any campaigns
This Union Notes:
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- Hong Kong is currently facing unprecedented levels of police brutality, infringement on democracy and human rights.1
- Some Warwick Hong Kong students are trying to raise awareness on campus about the causes and evolution of Hong Kong protests.2
- Some Warwick Hong Kong students made an application to put up a Lennon Wall on campus for a month-long period. The University took 3 weeks to respond, then granted permission for 8 hours during the reading week of 6th November 2019.3
- The “Li Pig”, an image of a pig wearing a yellow helmet formed by a collage of post-its on the Lennon Wall, has been taken down by the campus security, without verification of the accusations.4
- Due to several Warwick Hong Kong students being subject to severe threats on social media, an official complaint has now been submitted to the University.
This Union Believes:
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- Warwick SU believes that students should be allowed and encouraged to voice their opinions and raise awareness of issues that are surrounding the Hong Kong protests.
- Warwick SU strongly condemns the abhorrent human rights abuses of the Hong Kong Police Force and the Hong Kong SAR Government.
- Warwick SU is a place of inclusion and supports democracy and peace.
- Warwick SU will always safeguard the students’ right to freedom of expression.
- Warwick SU supports its students in times of adversity, especially when they are far away from home.
This Union Resolves:
This section should be about how you want the SU to react, the outcome of this policy. Remember to mandate specific departments/sabbatical officers; this will make things easier for future accountability.
- Ben Newsham, Warwick SU President, would advocate and support Hong Kong student’s campaigns by, for example, promoting on weekly All Member Email and allowing the erection of a display board in the SU Atrium for a semi-permanent period. The display board will contain materials related to the Hong Kong protests including but not limited to: post-its, info-graphics, photos and posters. Materials will either be in English or translated into English from Chinese that is originally displayed on the materials.
- Warwick SU President, Ben Newsham, and Democracy & Development Officer, Milly Last, would lobby the University of Warwick for considering any future protest material as its property, thereby protecting them from any physical damage and forceful removal.
- Warwick SU would support Hong Kong students involved in any kind of campaigns and respectful expression from malicious doxxing, cyber-bullying and death/physical threats.
- Warwick SU would publish a statement condemning human rights abuses by the Hong Kong Police Force and the Hong Kong SAR Government.