Hong Kong democracy activist granted asylum within the UK


Former Hong Kong legislator and pupil activist fled to the UK in July 2020 within the weeks after China imposed the National Security Law.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law has introduced that he had been granted asylum in Britain, after fleeing the semi-autonomous territory following the introduction of sweeping Chinese safety legal guidelines.

The 27-year-old former Hong Kong legislator and pupil activist fled to the UK in July 2020 within the weeks after the National Security Law, opposed by pro-democracy protesters, was imposed.

Law wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he had been granted asylum within the UK after a number of interviews over 4 months.

“The fact that I am wanted under the National Security Law shows that I am exposed to severe political persecution and am unlikely to return to Hong Kong without risk,” he wrote.

The activist highlighted the plight of different asylum seekers within the UK from Hong Kong who won’t have the identical weight of proof behind their claims.

“I hope that my case can assist the Home Office perceive extra in regards to the difficult scenario in Hong Kong.

“To free more protesters from Beijing’s authoritarian oppression, the Home Office could consider more comprehensive evidence,” he added.

Route to flee

Law’s destiny and the destiny of doubtless thousands and thousands of Hong Kong individuals who Britain has supplied a route to flee China’s crackdown, has turn into some extent of bitter diplomatic rivalry between Beijing and London, which ceded the previous colonial territory in 1997.

Britain has accused China of tearing up its promise to keep up key liberties in Hong Kong for 50 years after the handover.

China stated earlier this 12 months it is not going to recognise the British National (Overseas) passport for Hong Kong residents due to a brand new visa scheme launched in January providing a pathway to full UK citizenship for many who need to depart the territory.

000 97H8WKA police motorcade leaves to move on Wednesday activist Andy Li, certainly one of 12 ‘speedboat fugitives’ who had been picked up by the Chinese coastguard final August [Anthony Wallace/AFP]

Beijing and London have in current weeks additionally disagreed over Chinese sanctions towards 4 UK entities and 9 people together with legislators which have spoken out in defence of China’s Uighur Muslim minority.

Last 12 months, Britain protested about jail phrases handed to a few main activists from the pro-democracy social gathering Demosisto, which Law co-founded.

The social gathering disbanded on the identical day China’s new safety laws was imposed in Hong Kong.

In exile, Law has continued to champion the reason for pro-democracy teams in Hong Kong on social media.

Last month he hit out at mass trials of activists in Hong Kong saying that they confirmed that “the Chinese Communist party nakedly abuses its powers and uses the courts to demonstrate that power”.