Tony Chung Hon Lam, the final convener of Hong Kong pro-independence group Studentlocalism, said on his social media on Thursday that he had utilized for political asylum within the UK. The Hong Kong Correctional Companies Division (CSD) held a press convention on Friday, calling upon Chung to obey the supervision order and return to Hong Kong voluntarily.
The supervision order required Chung to attend college or work inside one 12 months following his launch. Chung accused the CSD of limiting his freedom of occupation by forbidding him from working in “sure outlets” with out an categorical provision underneath the supervision order. In response, the CSD claimed that the imposed limitation prevented Chung from committing one other offense endangering nationwide safety.
Chung additionally revealed that he was required to consent to an amended supervision order after his launch. The amended order prohibits him from: (1) disseminating any publications concerning his convictions, (2) disseminating any publications that endanger nationwide safety and (3) talking on public events. The CSD claimed that this amended order is tailor-made for Chung’s rehabilitation want to stop him from committing one other offense underneath nationwide safety legislation. The CSD additional contended that the amended order doesn’t quantity to any violations of freedom of speech.
Furthermore, Chung alleged that after his launch, nationwide safety officers approached him each two to 4 weeks in random areas and drove him to unknown locations. The nationwide safety officers would query his whereabouts and require him to offer particulars of all of the folks he met. Chung additionally said that he couldn’t reveal any particulars and subsequently search authorized help as a result of the nationwide safety officers required him to signal a confidentiality settlement regarding his case underneath part 63 of the National Security Law.
In November 2021, a Hong Kong court docket convicted Chung of secession underneath nationwide safety legislation and coping with property recognized or believed to characterize proceeds of an indictable offense. Pursuant to Rehabilitations Centres Ordinance (RCO), the court docket makes detention orders towards convicted criminals between 14 and 21 years previous. Underneath orders like this, a convicted legal, who in any other case serves their sentence in jail, is stored in a rehabilitation middle as a substitute. As well as, prisoners serving sentences in a rehabilitation middle are required to obey a supervision order underneath the RCO and Felony Process Ordinance after their launch from the rehabilitation middle. Chung enjoys freedom of motion underneath the supervision order however is required to report his itinerary to the CSD.
That is the second time in December the Hong Kong authorities known as upon exiled opposition activists to return to Hong Kong. On December 4, one other opposition activist Agnes Chow Ting revealed her plan to skip bail and keep in Canada for additional research. Each equally instructed that they had been provided to go to China underneath the supervision of nationwide safety officers. Nevertheless, Chung had not but attended this go to earlier than his departure.