We republish Hong Kong Central of Trade Union (HKCTU) call for international solidarity with 47 democratic rights activists arrested on January 6, 2021 on charges of threats to the National Security Law.
By HKCTU – March 6, 2021
We write to update the case on the 47 democrats, who participated in the primaries of Legislative Council (LegCo) in July 2020, were arrested on 6th January and were charged with conspiracy to commit subversion, including Carol Ng, chair of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and Winnie Yu, chair of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance.
Their case was first mentioned between 1st and 4th March regarding their application for bail. The trial is adjourned to 31st May while Carol and Winnie were rejected bail. In other words, before a long trial takes place to make a judgement, they already start serving the sentence for at least 3 months.
Speaking of the provisions in the draconian national security law, which has been enforced since July 2020, contrary to common law practice, no bail becomes the default position and the defendant must persuade the judge that s/he will be no longer a risk to national security. Initially 15 out of 47 accused, excluding Carol and Winnie, were granted bail on the following harsh conditions, in addition to respective amount of cash bail and frequencies of reports to the police –
The prosecutor appealed against the grant of bail to 11 defendants. They are still detained with the remaining 32 defendants, pending prosecution appeal to the High Court, which is adjourned to 13th March at the latest.
Thank you for all the solidarity messages related to the recent crackdowns in Hong Kong. We have started reaching out to the public to collect solidarity messages for the detained democrats. More updates will follow as the case proceeds further. Let’s stand together with the trade unions and political prisoners, who are all fighting for democracy and rights in Hong Kong.