CCP's persecution of HK 9 leading democrats
Thank you Hong Kong (HK) 9 Aunties and Uncles for your decades of support for HK human rights and democracy :
Thank you for holding and shining the light of truth for HK people and the world :
Thank you for your sacrifice. You have our respect and gratitude.
Because of HK protests the world now knows the truth about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Gai yau (add oil)!
The HK Secretary of Justice is a political appointee who, unlike in most other common law jurisdictions, is the decision maker for all prosecutions : Therefore, all HK prosecutions are political persecutions!
Under common law there are only civil or criminal cases : There are no political cases!
CCP knew after 24 November 2019 District Council elections - when HK people elected majority pro-democratic District Councillors winning 85% of seats (388/452) and 17/18 Districts - that next it would lose control of the Legislative Council and later the Chief Executive elections.
Since November 2019 CCP has done everything it can to stop the inevitable lawful self-determination of HK people according to the Joint Declaration and the rule OF law. CCP has directed the persecution and prosecution of all pro-democrats and activists in HK whilst 'reforming' HK's political system to reflect that of mainland China's "system".
No HK Chinese judge could have convicted and sentenced our HK 9 Aunties and Uncles!
The political undertones of the selection by HK's non-independent judiciary of a suitable judge with a 'foreign' English name only underscores the depths of the connivance of the CCP.
18 August 2019 was - like all mass protests in HK - peaceful! HK people have their human right to peaceful protest : There is no such thing as 'unlawful assembly' because HK people also have the right of association. The problem, as always, lies with CCP and HK government's refusal to abide by the Joint Declaration and the rule OF law : For example, CCP's enactment of the 1 July 2020 unconstitutional 'national security law'.
The judges 'decision' of arbitrarily incarcerating some of the accused 9 yet allowing others suspended sentences reeks of the arbitrariness of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) rule BY law.
The structural violence of HK government's monolithic power structure under CCP is in breach of HK's Joint Declaration and other UN international treaties including ICCPR.
In communist HK there is only CCP's arbitrary rule BY law :
There is no rule OF law in communist HK!
CCP please answer the following UN letters sent to you:
Five of nine activists jailed for up to 18 months
RTHK 16 April 2021
Five of the most well known pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong were jailed for up to 18 months on Friday and four were given suspended sentences, for their involvement in one of the largest 2019 protests over the government's widely despised extradition bill.
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai and former lawmakers Martin Lee, Margaret Ng, Cyd Ho, Albert Ho, Lee Cheuk-yan and Leung Kwok-hung were earlier found guilty of organising and taking part in an unauthorised assembly, while Au Nok-hin and Leung Yiu-chung had pleaded guilty.
Leung Kwok-hung received the longest prison term at 18 months, while Lai and Lee Cheuk-yan were jailed for a year.
Au received a 10-month prison term, and Cyd Ho eight months.
Martin Lee, Ng, Albert Ho and Leung Yiu-chung received suspended prison terms.
Hundreds of thousands of people had demonstrated peacefully on Hong Kong Island on August 18, 2019, including at a police sanctioned rally at Victoria Park.
But the massive crowd later braved torrential rain to march to Central, without the force's permission.
District Court judge Amanda Woodcock said deterrent sentences were needed because the defendants had “deliberately defied the law,” and their acts were a “direct challenge to the police and law and order.”
She added that the unauthorised assembly was so massive in scale that it had caused citywide traffic disruption.
The judge went on to say that although the procession was peaceful, she had to take into account the social unrest of 2019, which she described as “relentless and violent.”
She said with a large crowd gathered and people’s emotions running high, the march could have ended in violence.
“The defendants went on to organise the protest. They were well-known figures and as heads of the procession, were guaranteed to draw a crowd,” the judge said.
“These defendants made a conscious decision to break the law during that volatile time,” she continued. “It was premeditated to bypass the police ban.”
However, the judge decided to take into account the ages and distinguished public service records of the defendants.
Lai and Lee Cheuk-yan were also given jail terms of eight months and six months respectively for taking part in an unauthorised march from Southorn Playground in Wan Chai to police headquarters, on August 31, 2019.
But only two months of their sentences will be served consecutively, giving them both 14 months in prison in total.
Another defendant in the case former Democratic Party lawmaker Yeung Sum, was given a suspended jail term, given his old age and public service record.
Before sentencing, Lai, Leung Kwok-hung and Au were already in custody in relation to other cases.