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Hong Kong: Guilty verdicts against student leaders latest blow for freedom of expression

21 July 2016
Hong Kong: Guilty verdicts against student leaders latest blow for freedom of expression

On 21 July, Amnesty International said that the Hong Kong authorities’ prosecution of three pro-democracy student leaders sends a chilling warning for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in the city.

"The prosecution of student leaders on vague charges smacks of political payback by the authorities," said Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

The city’s Eastern Magistrates’ Court found Joshua Wong and Alex Chow guilty of "taking part in an unlawful assembly". Joshua Wong was acquitted on a second charge of "inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly", but Nathan Law was found guilty on the same charge. Sentencing was adjourned until 15 August.

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