This week, Human Rights First was out front and in action protecting human rights and human rights defenders around the globe. We condemned the conviction of 2020 Roger Baldwin Award-Winner Albert Ho for his role leading the 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and spotlighted ongoing human rights abuses in Bahrain. At home, we pressed the Biden administration to uphold its commitments to refugees and to international accountability. We also announced our Innovation Lab’s new web pages. Seven advocates, including the recipient of Human Rights First’s 2020 Roger Baldwin Medal of LibertyAlbert Ho, were convicted April 1 for their involvement in a 2019 pro-democracy march in Hong Kong.
Human Rights First raised alarm about the conviction of these veteran pro-democracy figures.
“Albert Ho is known across the region for his peaceful human rights work,” said Senior Advisor Brian Dooley. “These are politically motivated charges against people working for democracy and human rights. They should be dropped.”
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China’s crackdown in Hong Kong has become a point of bitter diplomatic contention between Beijing and London, which ceded the former colonial territory in 1997.
Britain has accused China of tearing up its promise to maintain key liberties in Hong Kong for 50 years after the handover.
China said earlier this year it will not recognise the British National (Overseas) passport for Hong Kongers because of a new visa scheme introduced in January offering a pathway to full UK citizenship for those who want to leave the territory.
Beijing and London have in recent weeks also disagreed over Chinese sanctions against four UK entities and nine individuals including lawmakers that have spoken out in defence of China’s Uyghur Muslim minority.
The state of human rights and freedoms enjoyed in Hong Kong deteriorated under the ill-defined national security law last year, according to rights group Amnesty International Hong Kong.
“The rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, among other human rights, were greatly stifled in Hong Kong in 2020,” its annual human rights report released on Wednesday read.