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Hong Kong: Nathan Law receives asylum in the UK

2021-04-08T05:25:42.095Z

Because he faces political persecution in Hong Kong, Nathan Law has decided to live in exile. About nine months after his flight, Great Britain has now approved his asylum application.



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Nathan Law: The activist faces persecution based on the so-called security law in Hong Kong

Photo: TIZIANA FABI / AFP

The so-called security law puts the democracy movement in Hong Kong under massive pressure.

The prominent activist Nathan Law left the country nine months ago.

He is now being granted political asylum in Great Britain.

The 27-year-old former opposition MP reported on Twitter that his application had been approved after four months of scrutiny.

"The fact that I am being searched under the national security law shows that I am facing severe political persecution and that I will probably not be able to return to Hong Kong without risk."

When he was elected in 2016, Law was the youngest MP in the history of the former British Crown Colony.

However, he lost his seat a year later when a court found that he had failed to sincerely take his oath of office.

Recently there was also a lawsuit against him for illegal gathering.

He fled to Great Britain in June - shortly before Beijing passed the so-called security law for the actual autonomously governed special administrative region of China.

The controversial law targets the pro-democratic opposition and targets activities that Beijing sees as subversive, separatist, terrorist or conspiratorial.

It has been criticized by the UK and other Western countries as a breach of the Joint Declaration for the Return of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Since then, the principle of “one country, two systems” has been in effect, but critics have only spoken of “one country, one system” since Beijing increased its grip on the economic metropolis.

Law expressed concern that other Hong Kong activists who fled to the UK might not be granted the same status as him because they received less media attention or did not gather enough evidence to support their asylum claim.

He hoped that his case would have given the British authorities a better understanding of the "complicated situation in Hong Kong".

asc / dpa

Source: spiegel

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