fredag 29. april 2022

Denial of bail is silencing Hong Kong's democrats

China's national security law imposed on Hong Kong nearly two years ago has completely changed the territory's political landscape. Free speech has been curtailed, civil society groups have closed down and only Beijing-approved candidates can stand in elections. The law has also upended several long-standing legal principles - with one of the most radical changes relating to bail.

Previously, defendants would usually remain free until their trial, but under the national security law the presumption is that they will be remanded in custody after being charged. Critics say this pre-trial detention undermines the idea of innocence until proven guilty - and is designed to break the will of those accused.