Here is the latest top stories from Press TV on March 30, 2021.
China Hong Kong policy
The Chinese parliament has approved sweeping reforms to Hong Kong’s electoral system. The reforms have been signed into law by President Xi Jinping. They reduce the number of directly-elected seats in Hong Kong’s local parliament to 20 from the current 35. That provides room for some 30 seats to be occupied by representatives of various industries. The reforms also require Hong Kong’s candidates for office to be approved by a joint vetting committee from both the city and China. The changes were announced earlier this month. Beijing says they are necessary to ensure that only patriots govern Hong Kong. The city has witnessed anti-government protests in the past months.
A monitoring group in Myanmar says more than 500 people have so far been killed in the junta crackdown on anti-coup protests there. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says the real toll could be significantly higher. UN chief Antonio Guterres has said it is absolutely unacceptable to see violence against people at such high levels. He has called for a united global front to put pressure on Myanmar’s junta. The US, Britain and the EU have already imposed sanctions in response to the coup and crackdown. The military, however, has refused to ease it off. It staged the coup on February the first on election fraud, and detained civilian leaders. Protests have continued unabated since then, calling for civilian rule.
UK school abuse
A British website has recorded thousands of testimonies of sexual abuse from pupils in public and private schools across the country. The website called "Everyone’s Invited" was set up last year. Its founder says the allegations show that rape culture is a problem in all UK schools. Education secretary Gavin Williamson has called the testimonies shocking and abhorrent. He has pledged to take appropriate action. Parliament members have also called for a full inquiry into the cases. More than 8,000 testimonies of sexual harassment have been anonymously recorded on everyone’s invited website. The majority of the accounts have described acts of sexual abuse and violence by young men against young women at school, college, or university.