onsdag 14. april 2021

Hong Kong’s Activists in Exile: A Growing Number of Pro-Democracy Figures are Choosing Life Overseas

From Nathan Law to Ted Hui, a growing number of pro-democracy figures are choosing life overseas amid a widening crackdown at home. Nathan Law, a leading Hong Kong activist-turned-fugitive, was granted political asylum by the United Kingdom last week.

Now living in exile in London, the 27-year-old is a former opposition lawmaker and a founding member of Demosisto, a pro-democracy party that disbanded when Beijing imposed its national security law last summer. He fled the city after the law was passed, in order to continue advocating for Hong Kong democracy.

In August, Law and five other activists – including former British consulate employee Simon Cheng who was also granted asylum by the U.K. – were accused of “inciting secession and collusion” by police, on the grounds of national security.