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Hong Kong democracy activist granted asylum in the UK

Former Hong Kong legislator and pupil activist fled to the UK in July 2020 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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 about 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 hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong individuals who Britain has provided a route to flee China’s crackdown, has turn out to be some extent of bitter diplomatic competition between Beijing and London, which ceded the former 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 won’t 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 individuals who wish to depart the territory.

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

Beijing and London have in latest weeks additionally disagreed over Chinese 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.

Last 12 months, Britain protested about jail phrases handed to 3 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”.

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