Hong Kong | UK grants asylum to pro-democracy activist Nathan Law

(London) Nathan Law, one of the most prominent young activists in the Hong Kong movement for democratic reform, announced on Wednesday that the UK had accepted his asylum claim.

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 12:48 p.m.

France Media Agency

“After several interviews over four months, the Interior Ministry informed me that my asylum application had been approved,” the 27-year-old activist announced in a series of tweets.

“The fact that I am wanted under the National Security Act shows that I am exposed to serious political persecution and that it is unlikely that I can return to Hong Kong without risk,” he said. .

Nathan Law is one of the young leaders of the Hong Kong democracy activist political party Demosisto, which was dissolved in July 2020 just after the Chinese parliament passed the controversial national security legislation, imposed on Hong Kong to suppress subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

His party was founded by students at the end of the Umbrella Movement in 2014 against Beijing’s growing hold over the former British colony.

Nathan Law had announced in July that he had fled Hong Kong, then found himself in London. He then indicated in mid-December in an interview with the Guardian that he had requested political asylum there, hoping that his presence in Europe “could serve as an alarm to remind us how much the Chinese Communist Party constitutes a danger to our democratic values”.

Even though he did not campaign for the independence of the territory, Mr. Law and other prominent members of the party such as former student leader Joshua Wong have often been described by Chinese authorities as separatists conspiring with the foreigner against Beijing.

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Reassured about his future, Nathan Law was however worried on Wednesday about the fate of his compatriots who live “in distress and anxiety”, aware that his “situation cannot apply to all Hong Kong people who ask for the asylum ”.

“Some may not have enough evidence to support their claim in the absence of media reports or because they fled before the persecution,” he said, calling on the UK Home Office. a “take better account of the complex situation” in his former colony.

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