Hong Kong 416 Sentencing of Veteran Democracy Activists
On April 16, 2021, the court of Hong Kong sentenced a group of veteran democracy activists to jail for participating in two protests not approved by police in August 2019. They include Martin Lee and Yeung Sum, the founders of the Democratic Party; Margaret Ng, one of the founder of the Civic Party; Albert Ho, long time human right lawyer, Lee Cheuk-yan, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance; and Jimmy Lai, the Chairman of Next Media, one of the last two media to speak out for freedom and democracy for the Hong Kong people.
These veteran activists, through their life-long effort to advocate a free election and free speech, have become symbols of the Hong Kong Democracy Movement. Their sentencing in less than two months after 47 democrats and activists were charged under the National Security Law, leaves little doubt that the Chinese Communist Party is determined to annihilate the Hong Kong Democracy Movement. Through massive arrest and imprisonment, it plans to eradicate all elements of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
VSSDM unequivocally condemn the sentencing of these democracy veterans by the CCP. It is also unequivocally clear that the CCP will never honor the Joint Sino-British Declaration, nor will it heed the calls of the western world. It is time for the Canadian Government to take concrete actions, such as imposing the Magnitsky sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials in implementing the National Security Law. Canada should urge the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing, or boycott the Games altogether.