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Hong Kong: Academics plead with university not to sack professor

August 12, 2019

Prof Tai’s appeal is scheduled for August 15, but pro-Beijing groups are calling on the University of Hong Kong to remove him from his position as an associate professor of law. (stock photo)

Hundreds of international academics have signed an open letter in support of a jailed Hong Kong law professor being held in solitary confinement, urging his university not to dismiss him from his job.


Benny Tai Yiu-ting, one of nine founders of the 2014 Umbrella movement, was sentenced to 16 months in prison in April over public nuisance charges related to his role in the mass protests that lasted for 79 days.

Prof Tai’s appeal is scheduled for August 15, but pro-Beijing groups are calling on the University of Hong Kong to remove him from his position as an associate professor of law. More than 300 academics have signed the letter in support of Prof Tai, released today.

“Professor Tai has expressed his willingness to accept criminal punishment in service of his convictions, he should not be additionally published by losing his academic position,” they say in the letter to Xiang Zhang, president of the University of Hong Kong.

Terry C Halliday, a research professor at the American Bar Foundation, warned that a dismissal would also be a “disaster” for the university’s global reputation.

The university is expected to schedule a disciplinary hearing after Prof Tai’s appeal, having said in April it would follow up on the court’s decision in accordance with its internal procedure.

Another jailed founder of the 2014 movement, Chan Kin-Man was an associate professor of sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, but retired at the end of 2018 before he was tried. He is also serving a 16-month sentence.

Prof Tai was sent to solitary confinement after joining the city-wide strike by refusing to work in the prison last Monday.







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Hong Kong: Jailed Hong Kong democracy leader Benny Tai sent to solitary confinement over strike action

August 8, 2019

A leading activist jailed over the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement has been transferred to solitary confinement after he joined Monday’s general strike while in prison.

Legal scholar Benny Tai, one of the original proponents of the 2014 street occupation protests, was sentenced to 16 months in jail in April over public nuisance charges.

Occupy nine sentencing

Pro-democracy lawmaker Gary Fan said on Wednesday that he visited Tai in prison: “Benny Tai told me that he joined the city-wide general strike on August 5, and rejected the work assigned to him by the authorities.”

“This act went against the discipline imposed by prison authorities, therefore he is currently held in solitary confinement. It is unclear what the authorities’ next step is,” Fan wrote on Facebook.

Tai is serving his sentence at Shek Pik Prison, a high-security facility on Lantau Island. Citing an hour-long meeting with Tai, Fan said that the academic had become thinner but was still energetic.

Tai has spent a lot of time reading and was following the recent protests via the radio. He was aware of the mass arrests by the police, the lawmaker added.

In April, Tai was convicted of two charges related to public nuisance, and was sentenced to jail later that month. District court judge Johnny Chan said at the time that Tai and the other defendants did not express any regret, and the 2014 protests caused “excessive damage and inconvenience” to the public.

Tai has lodged appeals against both his conviction and sentence. His application will be heard by the court on August 15.

Jailed Hong Kong democracy leader Benny Tai sent to solitary confinement over strike action




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China: Four Years on, China’s Crackdown Still Suppressing Human Rights Lawyers, Clients

July 9, 2019

Hunan human rights lawyer Xie Yang, who was detained in China's July 9, 2015 crackdown on rights lawyers and subjected to abuse including torture and deprivation of food and water, poses with his parents in an undated photo.

Four years after the ruling Chinese Communist Party launched anationwide crackdown on the country’s human rights lawyers, the country’s rights attorneys say they are now being prevented from practicing law at all.

Hunan lawyer Xie Yang, who was initially detained on July 11, 2015, then tortured while being held under “residential surveillance at a designated location” in a government guesthouse, said human rights are as essential to human existence as food and drink.

“Dignity and justice are what make us human,” Xie said. “[This is] not just [about] getting enough to eat.”

Xie, who was subjected to abuse including deprivation of food and water, and tortured again after being moved to the police-run Changsha No. 2 Detention Center following his formal arrest on Jan. 9, 2016, said the crackdown has largely achieved what the authorities set out to do.

“The terror campaign waged against rights lawyers was clearly prettyeffective, because now the majority of of [human rights] cases can’t find an appropriate lawyer to represent them,” he said.

“The vast majority of lawyers have been controlled via the system of annual license renewals and other methods.”







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Situation Still Dire for Rights Lawyers Four Years On



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限制出境 :46人(31/15)



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China: Lawyer of Dissident Jailed For Supporting Hong Kong Democracy Movement Beaten

June 11, 2019

Activist Wang Mo, who was redetained after finishing his prison sentence, in an undated photo.

A top Chinese human rights lawyer has been attacked and threatenedimmediately after meeting with his client, the dissident Wang Mo, at adetention center in the eastern province of Jiangsu, RFA has learned.

Shanghai-based rights lawyer Peng Yonghe was beaten and threatened by a group of unidentified people at the gate of the Huai’an Detention Center in Jiangsu on Monday, after he went there to visit his client.

“I met with my client Wang Mo at the Huai’an District Detention Center in Huai’an city today,” Peng told RFA. “But the [detention center staff] forced me to terminate the meeting when it was only halfway through.”

Shortly afterwards, at around 11.00 a.m., Peng was surrounded by a group of men at the detention center gate.

“They threatened me, to make me withdraw from Wang’s case,” Peng said.”They asked to see my mobile phone. I told them I had shot video on myphone, and they stole it from me, and also beat me in the process.”







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Joint oral statement to Human Rights Council

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


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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”.








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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.



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





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