Cooperation within civil society in illiberal regimes is very difficult considering the fact that even independent social activism can pose serious risks. Nevertheless, activists from different parts of the society have frequently worked together under such circumstances. This paper will study this in a rapidly autocratizing system which has recently moved to illiberal authoritarianism. In Hong Kong, which once boasted a lively civil society, cooperation has a long history even if it has often been weak, issue specific, and difficult to sustain. The introduction of the National Security Law in 2020 has made it much more difficult. Many organizations, including alliances between different organizations such as the Civil Human Rights Front, have dissolved as a consequence. This paper will probe to what extent there is still space for cooperation within civil society by focusing on cooperation between different environmental organizations, a field that has been considered relatively less sensitive. Two alliances are the focus of this paper.
Stephan Ortmann, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong
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