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 Nationwide Safety Legislation.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Legislation has introduced that he had been granted asylum in Britain, after fleeing the semi-autonomous territory following the introduction of sweeping Chinese language 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 Nationwide Safety Legislation, opposed by pro-democracy protesters, was imposed.

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

“The truth that I’m wished below the Nationwide Safety Legislation exhibits that I’m uncovered to extreme political persecution and am unlikely to return to Hong Kong with out threat,” he wrote.

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

“I hope that my case will help the Residence Workplace perceive extra in regards to the sophisticated scenario in Hong Kong.

“To free extra protesters from Beijing’s authoritarian oppression, the Residence Workplace may take into account extra complete proof,” he added.

Route to flee

Legislation’s destiny and the destiny of probably hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong individuals who Britain has provided a route to flee China’s crackdown, has develop 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 take care of key liberties in Hong Kong for 50 years after the handover.

China mentioned earlier this yr it is not going to recognise the British Nationwide (Abroad) passport for Hong Kong residents due to a brand new visa scheme launched in January providing a pathway to full UK citizenship for individuals who wish to go away the territory.

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

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

Final yr, Britain protested about jail phrases handed to 3 main activists from the pro-democracy occasion Demosisto, which Legislation co-founded.

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

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

Final month he hit out at mass trials of activists in Hong Kong saying that they confirmed that “the Chinese language Communist occasion nakedly abuses its powers and makes use of the courts to reveal that energy”.

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