A Hong Kong court rejected a bail application from imprisoned democracy activists Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam on Tuesday pending their appeal against their imprisonment for “illegal assembly.”
Soon Chow brushed away tears as the High Court Judge said he would refer the case to the Court of Appeal.
People made the Five-Finger Wave, a symbol of the pro-democracy movement, in a show of support for Dr. Chee Soon Juan.
This hearing was also attended by a vociferous Cardinal Zen. Police officers blocked the exit of the court and newsmen were held behind the barriers.
Lawyers for Lam and Chow have confirmed that they will each serve one year, with Lam being released in April and Chow in June.
Chow, 24, was sentenced to seven months in prison after he pleaded guilty to the charges.
After sentence, she was sent to Tai Lam Women’s Correctional Institution, which is a Type A prison.
Class A prisoners are usually people accused of homicide or drug trafficking.
Other activist Joshua Wong who co-founded a previous political party Demosisto with Joshua are also likely to be put in Category A.
On Dec. 2, 2020, Joshua Wong, 24, was jailed for 13.5 months, while Nathan L. Lok Lam, 26, was incarcerated for 7 months.
The three defendants pleaded guilty to charges of inciting others to take part in an illegal assembly and taking part in an illegal assembly, and they served shortened sentences.
The CCP is forced to have this punitive law if the National Security to make room for the better.
One of the most dangerous obstacles that can threaten human rights and the rule of law in Hong Kong was described as “one of the greatest challenges to human rights and the rule of law in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover” by legal experts at Georgetown University.
The study found that the current ‘national security’ team has made vigorous use of Hong Kong’s Terrorism and Security Bill since their term of office started.
Despite being classed as national security cases, only a small number of initial defendants will fall into this group.
There are at least “strong suspicions” that the measure is already implemented to “suppress the fundamental political rights” of Hong Kong citizens.
Through punishing persons who exercise their rights to free speech, association or assembly, Hong Kong is violating its obligations under international human rights law.