FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 21, 2017
VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM CONDEMNS IMPRISONMENT OF HONG KONG DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation calls for the immediate release of Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung, 20, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, 24, and Alex Chow Yong-kang, 27
Washington, D.C. – Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang have been imprisoned for peacefully protesting against the Chinese communist regime, which the judiciary deemed “unlawful assembly.” They were initially tried for their roles in the 2014 sit-in street protests, which became known as the “Umbrella Revolution.” In August 2016, the three were convicted and sentenced to community service. On Thursday, the Hong Kong Court of Appeals revised the original ruling by handing down harsher sentences — seven to eight months of imprisonment in addition to a ban on holding public office for five years.
“Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow are the most recent dissidents to face legal persecution for standing up to Beijing’s flagrant intrusion into Hong Kong’s affairs. With this transparent attempt to crush freedom of expression, Chairman Xi Jinping has once again demonstrated just how little he respects the ‘one country, two systems’ constitutional principle established to preserve Hong Kong’s independence. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation — along with the thousands who marched in the streets of Hong Kong with today — calls for the immediate release of the three democracy activists and insists that the charges against them be expunged.”
Smith added: “It has been little more than a month since the world mourned the passing of Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was left to languish in a Chinese jail until cancer he had developed became untreatable. Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa was recently detained by Interpol in Italy at China’s behest on spurious allegations of ‘terrorism.’ With the jailing of the Hong Kong democracy advocates, it is undeniable that China is conducting, literally, an international campaign of repression against those who stand up and tell the truth about the world’s largest communist dictatorship. This must be of tremendous to concern to all of us who cherish freedom, justice, and equality. We must have the courage to move forward and make our voices heard, knowing that, despite tribulations, truth and justice are on our side.”
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by an unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Marion Smith, VOC Executive Director, please contact Frank at [email protected] or 703-490-8845.