Press Contact: Dorjee Tseten, Executive Director, Students for a Free Tibet
Phone: +1 6467533889
18 Aug 2018, New York – On behalf of thousands of students and members across 35 countries, we strongly condemn Hong Kong’s jailing of 16 youth activists and student leaders this week for their involvement in Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Students for a Free Tibet urgently calls on world leaders and the international community to raise their voices against the CCP’s latest assault against pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has jailed Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law, handing them outrageous sentences of 6, 7 and 8 months respectively for their peaceful participation in the Umbrella Revolution. This assault signals the end of rule of law in Hong Kong, and the start of rule by fiat from Beijing. No one can afford to stand by in silence as the flickering light of freedom and rule of law in Hong Kong is extinguished by the Chinese Communist Party.
Students for a Free Tibet expresses solidarity with all 16 of Hong Kong’s political prisoners – including Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law – who have been given outrageous prison sentences. Even though we are saddened and shocked with the incident, we know that this heavy-handed tactic of jailing activists and using fear and punishment to break them will eventually backfire on the government. This increase in repression will only fuel more resistance not only in Hong Kong but also among the new generation in China and its occupied territories. We stand with Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, Nathan Law and the other political prisoners in their struggle for democracy and self-determination.
The 13 who were sentenced earlier on Tuesday are Leung Hiu-yeung, Lau Kwok-leung, Leung Wing-lai, Ivan Lam Long-yin, Chu Wai-chung, Ho Kit-wang, Wong Kan-yuen, Kole Chow Koot-yin, Yim Man-wa, Billy Chiu Hin-chung, Kwok Yiu-cheong, Chan Pak-shan and Raphael Wong Ho-ming, vice-chairman of the League of Social Democrats.
Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. We are a chapter-based network of young people and activists in more than 35 countries with over 650 high school, university and community chapters. Through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, we campaign for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom. Our role is to empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice.