Hong Kong

Harassment and criminalisation of activists and journalists in Hong Kong continues unabated

Since August 2022, there have been ongoing prosecutions under the draconian National Security Law, including of minors, while members of a humanitarian fund to support protesters have been convicted. Individuals continue to be arrested, charged or convicted for sedition including for the publication of books, social media posts, fundraising and even playing a protest song. A pro-democracy activist and media magnate Jimmy Lai was sentenced on fraud charges while the authorities have continued its judicial persecution of human rights lawyer Chow Hang-Tung. Read more

Harassment and criminalisation of activists and journalists in Hong Kong continues unabated

Arrests, jailing of activists and silencing of dissent in Hong Kong persists despite UN review

Since March 2022, the authorities have continued to target activists under the national security law, including trustees of a fund that assisted protesters. National security trials began for 47 pro-democracy activists, while the judicial persecution of human rights lawyer Chow Hang Tung continued. The authorities arrested six activists for sedition as well as a veteran journalist. An activist was jailed for 40 months for sedition. An investigative news platform and hospital union were disbanded due to pressure from the authorities, while a pro-democracy group was forced to delete its posts online. Around the anniversary of the Tianenmen Square massacre, police banned all gatherings, patrolled parks, and arrested six people. Two veteran activists were convicted for protesting. Read more

Arrests, jailing of activists and silencing of dissent in Hong Kong persists despite UN review

Ongoing harassment, prosecution of activists and journalists in Hong Kong to silence dissent

In recent months the authorities have continued to arrest, prosecute and convict activists for their planning, organising and participating in peaceful gatherings and protests. Both sedition provisions as well as the draconian National Security Law were used. The government has also targeted journalists and media outlets, forcing them to shut down. Visas were denied to a journalist and an academic, while a statue commemorating the Tiananmen massacre was removed. The authorities have also targeted a human rights group working on Hong Kong in the UK. Read more

Ongoing harassment, prosecution of activists and journalists in Hong Kong to silence dissent

Civil society groups forced to disband as activists and critics prosecuted in Hong Kong

Since July 2021, civil society groups, protest movements and unions have been forced to disband for fear of being targeted under the national security law. Around 150 people have been arrested under the law, with the first two convictions in July and October 2021. The archaic sedition law has been deployed against activists and critics, while journalists continue to face judicial harassment as well the denial of visas. Activists have been sentenced for their involvement in 2020 protests. Read more

Civil society groups forced to disband as activists and critics prosecuted in Hong Kong