March 2, 2021

 

Global Joint Statement on the Indictment of 47 Hong Kong Political Activists

 

On the 28th February, 2021, 47 Hong Kong democrats and activists were charged with conspiracy to commit subversion under the National Security Law (NSL), which Beijing illegally implemented in Hong Kong without due process. Despite being scheduled to report to the Hong Kong Police on a later date (8th April), the 47 democrats and activists were served a short notice 2 days ago to report today (28th February) instead, and were immediately detained until being brought before the court to face their charges tomorrow.

All 47 detainees are pro-democracy activists involved in the unofficial primaries prior to last year’s legislative council election. They include the organizers of the primaries such as Benny Tai (戴耀廷), Au Nok-Hin (區諾軒), and Andrew Chiu (趙家賢); as well as candidates on the ballots such as Joshua Wong (黃之鋒), who is already serving a sentence in prison, and Ted Hui (許智峯) and Sunny Cheung (張崑陽), who have been forced into exile. The primaries aimed to foster better coordination of candidacies between electoral districts, which would be unremarkable and legal in most countries, but in the eyes of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) it was already an attempt at subversion and overthrowing its one-party rule. The NSL is now being used as a weapon to suppress, persecute, and eradicate any pro-democracy endeavors in Hong Kong.

We unequivocally condemn the aforementioned mass arrest, which runs against the universal values of freedom and democracy. This is a clear human rights violation and in breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. We call upon all governments and civil organizations of the world that uphold our universal values of human rights, freedom, and democracy to stand with Hong Kong at this time, to condemn the mass arrest, and to confront the CCP with concrete actions. All governments must actively resist this erosion of freedom and democracy by the CCP, lest what happens to Hong Kong today slowly but surely encroach upon them.

 

(Signed)

Global:

- Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.

 重光團隊

- Hong Kong Liberty 攬炒團隊

- Hong Kong Global Connect 港民國際連橫

 

Australia:

- 澳港聯Australia-Hong Kong Link

- Adelaide - Stand with Hong Kong

- Canberra Hong Kong Concern Group

- Hong Kong International Alliance Brisbane HKIA Brisbane

- NSW HongKongers

- Victoria HongKongers Association (Australia)

Austria:

- Stand with Hong Kong Vienna

 

Canada:

- Alliance Canada Hong Kong

- Halifax-Hong Kong Link

- McGill Hong Kong Public Awareness and Social Service

- McMaster Stands with HK

- Torontonian HongKongers Action Group

- Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement

- Winnipeg Hong Kong Concern

 

France:

- 居法港人撐香港 En Solidarité avec Hongkong

 

Germany:

- Frankfurt stands with Hong Kong

- Germany Stands with Hong Kong

- Hongkonger in Deutschland e.V. 香港人在德國協會

- Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte

- Wir für Hongkong

 

Hong Kong:

- Citizens' Press Conference 民間記者會發佈中心

 

India:

- Free Hong Kong - Support from India

 

Japan:

- 香港の夜明け Dawn of Hong Kong

- Stand with HK at JPN

 

Netherlands:

- Netherlands for Hong Kong

 

Norway:

- Hong Kong Committee in Norway

 挪威香港文化協會

 

Poland:

- PL4HK - Supporting Hong Kong from Poland

 

United Kingdom:

- Democracy for Hong Kong - D4HK

 

Thailand:

- Thailand and Hong Kong Together

 

USA:

- 支援香港 Global Solidarity with Hong Kong - Chicago

- 洛杉磯香港論壇 Hong Kong Forum, Los Angeles - Public

- 波士頓香港人權組織 Hong Kong Social Action Movements in Boston

- Lamp Of Liberty

- Lion Rock Café

 (New York) 獅山冰室 (紐約)

- NY4HK - New Yorkers Supporting Hong Kong

- NorCal HK Club - 北加州香港會

 Northern California Hong Kong Club

- San Francisco Hong Kongers bot - 三藩市香港人公海bot

- SEArious For HKG 西雅圖香港民主監察小組

- Seattle Hong Kong Students Alliance 西雅圖香港學生聯盟

- DC4HK - Washingtonians Supporting Hong Kong

- We The Hongkongers

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