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Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement trio appeals against convictions and sentences

May 3, 2019

Chu Yiu-ming, Chan Kin-man, Benny Tai

Three activists behind Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement have filed their appeals on Friday, nine days after the court handed down their sentences.

Law scholar Benny Tai and retired sociology professor Chan Kin-man – both of whom are serving 16-month jail sentences on public nuisance charges – will appeal against their convictions and sentences. Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, who received a suspended sentence of two years, will appeal his conviction.

Lawyers for the three activists – known together as the “Occupy trio” – confirmed to reporters on Friday that a notice of appeal has been filed. The document sets out the reasons for appeal, which will be refined after the lawyers have a chance to meet with the trio. The case is expected to be heard at the Court of Appeal.

HKFP has reached out to the Department of Justice for comment.

The Occupy trio led the 2013 civil disobedience campaign of Occupy Central with Love and Peace. It was a precursor to the Umbrella Movement, the biggest pro-democracy protest in the city’s history which lasted from September to December of 2014.

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement trio appeals against convictions and sentences

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3008789/occupy-founding-trio-launch-appeal-against-convictions

‘Occupy Central’ trio appeal sentences, convictions

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2111897/charges-against-hong-kong-occupy-leaders-are-prosecution

The Umbrella Movement trial: Jailed for not apologising? Isn’t that a bit political?

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/occupy-sentences-land-hong-kong-academic-freedom-test

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Hong Kong: Rival alumni groups in fight over whether jailed Occupy co-founder Benny Tai should be sacked from post at University of Hong Kong

May 1, 2019

Benny Tai has been jailed for 16 months on public nuisance offences. Photo: Robert Ng

A row over whether jailed Occupy co-founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting should be immediately dismissed from his teaching job has escalated with rival alumni groups issuing petitions to the University of Hong Kong.

Students, meanwhile, spoke highly of Tai’s contribution to democracy and the university’s law school, and also launched their own petition.

The HKU associate law professor, who was among four Occupy leaders jailed
last week for public nuisance charges over the 2014 protests, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment.

In a petition to the university’s vice chancellor Zhang Xiang and governing council chairman Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, a group of 29 alumni asked HKU to immediately launch a disciplinary inquiry against Tai, 54, for advocating civil disobedience “in the disguise of an academic”.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3008355/rival-alumni-groups-fight-over-whether-jailed-occupy-co

https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2019/04/sharon-hom-central-9-rule-of-law-hong-kong/

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https://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/3008135/one-country-two-systems-too-many-meddlers-us-uk-and-rule-law-hong

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https://www.ft.com/content/639df894-4cdf-11e9-bde6-79eaea5acb64

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Hong Kong: Occupy ringleaders to be sent to maximum security prisons, as scholars call on University of Hong Kong to delay disciplinary proceedings against Benny Tai

April 26, 2019

Occupy leaders, Benny Tai (left) and Chan Kin-man (right) arrive at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre, where they spent their first night behind bars. Photo: Robert Ng

Four jailed leaders of the Occupy movement are expected to be sent to different penal institutions on Saturday at the earliest, with at least three likely to be sent to maximum security prisons, according to law enforcement sources.

News of their removal came as two top legal scholars urged the University of Hong Kong not to launch disciplinary proceedings against one of the convicted leaders, law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting, until the appeal process had finished.

Tai, 54, was jailed for 16 months alongside Chan Kin-man, 60, while League of Social Democrats vice-chairman Raphael Wong Ho-ming, 30, and lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun were both jailed for eight months for their roles in the 2014 protests.

Meanwhile, Tai, could face a disciplinary hearing at HKU, as lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu renewed calls for the university to sack the academic. The university has so far declined to comment on what action, if any, it is taking.

Former law dean Albert Chen Hung-yee said Tai’s criminal conviction was severe enough to trigger a disciplinary inquiry.

Who are the Occupy leaders and what have they been convicted of?

“We would wish to support him, but there is little colleagues can do on the matter of disciplinary inquiry,” Chen said.

His two successors, Johannes Chan Man-mun and Michael Hor Yew Meng, said the university should wait until all court proceedings have finished.

“A disciplinary proceeding premised on a conviction, which is then successfully appealed from, will itself be undermined, and have to be reopened,” Hor said.

“So, as a matter of prudence, it would be advisable to await the exhaustion of appeals.”

Acting dean Fu Hualing said he and some HKU law student representatives would be willing to give their views if a disciplinary proceeding was opened in future.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/occupy-ringleaders-sent-maximum-security-134410017.html

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3007893/occupy-ringleaders-be-sent-maximum-security-prisons

Occupy ringleaders to be sent to maximum security prisons, as scholars call on University of Hong Kong to delay disciplinary proceedings against Benny Tai

https://www.wsj.com/articles/professor-who-inspired-hong-kongs-mass-protests-is-sent-to-jail-11556099967

https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/3007696/dont-sack-benny-tai-promote-him-instead

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https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-china-48034513/benny-tai-hong-kong-jailed-activist-to-come-back-stronger

What Now After the Sentencing of the Umbrella Nine?

The Umbrella Movement jailings: How opportunistic, made-to-measure charges got the job done

China: Nine Activists Wrongfully Convicted for Peaceful Pro-democracy Advocacy | Letter

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Hong Kong: Law professor & activist Benny Tai sentenced to 16 months in jail

April 24, 2019

BREAKING: Hong Kong’s leading Umbrella Movement activists handed jail sentences

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https://www.ft.com/content/ae446260-662b-11e9-9adc-98bf1d35a056

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https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3007555/hong-kongs-legal-and-political-sectors-split-over-jail

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Hong Kong/China: “There will be darker times ahead for Hong Kong but the sun will rise again”

April 19, 2019

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Benny Tai played a pivotal role in Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy protests. The year before, the law professor founded a civil disobedience campaign known as “Occupy Central”. The campaign later joined with student groups to create the Umbrella Movement. For 79 days between September and December 2014 more than 1 million people occupied major streets across Hong Kong to call for democracy in the city.

On 9 April, a Hong Kong court found Benny Tai and eight other prominent activists guilty of various vague and ambiguous charges, including “conspiracy to commit public nuisance”, “incitement to commit public nuisance” and “incitement to incite public nuisance”. for their roles in the Umbrella Movement. The nine activists will be sentenced on 24 April and could face up to seven years in prison.

This is the latest prosecution of Umbrella Movement protesters by the Hong Kong government, following the imprisonment of three student leaders in 2017.

Ahead of his trial, Benny Tai spoke to Amnesty International about civil resistance, the prospect of going to prison and why he is hopeful Hong Kong will one day have democracy.

“We both succeeded and failed with Occupy Central. Our goal was to advance democracy in Hong Kong and awaken more people to the cause. Over the 79 days more than 1.2 million people took part in different ways, young and old. There was more international attention than we had ever imagined.

“Civil disobedience at the right moment can bring change, but I was realistic our one action would not change the system alone. It is a long battle. This is the lesson I have learnt. We need to be resilient. We can’t blame others if we fail. Democracy won’t be given to us.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/benny-tai-hong-kong-umbrella/

https://www.ucanews.com/news/beijing-tightens-the-noose-on-hong-kong/84963

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Tai

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Tai (FRANCAIS)

Hong Kong: JUST IN: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement activists bailed ahead of sentencing, as court seeks report on activist Tommy Cheung

April 10, 2019

Chan Kin-man umbrella movement court

The nine leading activists of the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement will receive their sentences on April 24, the court ruled on Wednesday.

District court Judge Johnny Chan said the court needed 14 days to obtain reports on defendant Tommy Cheung, including a report on whether he is suitable for community service.

In the meantime, all nine had their bail extended and were allowed to leave.

On Tuesday, each of the nine activists was found guilty of public nuisance charges in relation to the 79-day protests in 2014, and could now face up to seven years behind bars.

The Umbrella Movement was the biggest pro-democracy protest in the city’s history, during which thousands occupied Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay from September to December of 2014.

Defence lawyers made arguments on sentencing on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, with some asking the court to refrain from imposing immediate jail terms. The court should consider community service orders or suspended sentences instead, they suggested.

Most of the activists also submitted personal statements to the court, some of which were read out in Cantonese.

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/04/10/just-sentencing-delayed-9-convicted-umbrella-movement-activists-court-seeks-report-tommy-cheung/?fbclid=IwAR2HwvmNCi4dmcXydaKIiT_m21XCP5Bf4ko6K5xUc67qJPGddiVAfitt9lU

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https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/04/09/full-civil-disobedience-not-defence-says-judge-umbrella-movement-activists-await-sentencing/

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3006037/hong-kong-people-will-continue-protest-against-injustice

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Hong Kong: 9 Hong Kong Democracy Advocates Convicted for Role in 2014 Protests

April 9, 2019

Nine democracy activists on Tuesday were convicted by a Hong Kong court on public nuisance charges for their roles in the protest movement that led to the monthslong occupation of major intersections in the city five years ago.

The activists face prison terms of up to seven years.

The protests, which became known as the Umbrella Movement, galvanized the city and sought to force Hong Kong’s top official to step down and the government to accept more democratic means to elect future leaders.

While the protests had no formal leaders, three of the people on trial — Chu Yiu-ming, a retired pastor, and two professors, Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man — were founders of Occupy Central With Love and Peace, one of the main groups advocating civil disobedience to demand changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system.

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