Two plead guilty in illegal assembly trial of democracy activists in Hong Kong

Two Hong Kong pro-democracy activists pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to an illegal assembly during mass anti-government protests in August 2019, while seven others, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, pleaded not guilty. The 2019 protests, fuelled by a perception Beijing was curbing the wide-ranging freedoms promised to the former British colony upon its… Read More Two plead guilty in illegal assembly trial of democracy activists in Hong Kong

Britain announces visa scheme for Hong Kong citizens

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday hailed a new visa scheme that offers qualifying Hong Kong citizens a route to British citizenship – a programme launched in response to China’s new security laws in the former colony. The scheme, first announced last year, opens on Sunday and allows those with “British National (Overseas)” status to… Read More Britain announces visa scheme for Hong Kong citizens

Hong Kong police arrest eleven for alleged aid of activists’ escape attempt

Hong Kong police have arrested 11 people over suspected crimes related to assisting a group of 12 pro-democracy activists accused of attempting to flee the city by boat for Taiwan last year, local media and activists reported on Thursday. Those arrested, ages 18 to 72, according to local broadcaster RTHK, included eight men and three… Read More Hong Kong police arrest eleven for alleged aid of activists’ escape attempt

Hong Kong police arrest dozens of pro-democratic activists over alleged breach of national security law

Hong Kong police arrested dozens of democracy activists on Wednesday on suspicion of violating a new security law by planning to “paralyse” and “overthrow” the city government, Secretary for Security John Lee said. The arrests represent the biggest crackdown on the opposition camp since Beijing imposed the law security law in the former British colony… Read More Hong Kong police arrest dozens of pro-democratic activists over alleged breach of national security law

Hong Kong top court orders remand of media tycoon Jimmy Lai

Hong Kong’s top court has remanded media and publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, the most high-profile person to be charged under the Chinese-ruled city’s national security law, in custody until another bail hearing on February 1. The Court of Final Appeal’s ruling comes a week after Lai, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists who… Read More Hong Kong top court orders remand of media tycoon Jimmy Lai

Chinese court sentences Hong Kong activists to months in jail over border crossing

A Chinese court sentenced 10 Hong Kong activists to between seven months and three years in jail on Wednesday for illegally crossing the border, in a case that has drawn international attention and concern over the defendants’ treatment. The group had all faced charges in Hong Kong over anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city and… Read More Chinese court sentences Hong Kong activists to months in jail over border crossing

Hong Kong court grants media tycoon Jimmy Lai bail

A Hong Kong court granted HK$10 million (an equivalent of $1.3 million) bail on Wednesday to media tycoon Jimmy Lai, the highest profile pro-democracy activist charged under the city’s new national security law, on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces. Lai is one of the financial hub’s most ardent Beijing critics, while his Next Media… Read More Hong Kong court grants media tycoon Jimmy Lai bail

Hong Kong charges media tycoon Jimmy Lai under national security law

Hong Kong democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 73, has been charged under the city’s national security law on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces, his Apple Daily newspaper reported on Friday, citing a police source. Lai, an ardent critic of Beijing, would be the highest profile person charged under the sweeping new law… Read More Hong Kong charges media tycoon Jimmy Lai under national security law