Date
23 July 2017
Ray Wong (left) has received permission to leave Hong Kong to attend a conference hosted by the Dalai Lama. Photos: Stand News, Reuters
Ray Wong (left) has received permission to leave Hong Kong to attend a conference hosted by the Dalai Lama. Photos: Stand News, Reuters

Court says localist Ray Wong can attend Dalai Lama conference

Hong Kong Indigenous convener Ray Wong Toi-yeung, who is on bail after being charged with rioting during the Mong Kok clashes last month, has been given permission to attend a conference at the Dalai Lama’s residence.

Wong sought permission from a Kowloon City magistrate’s court Tuesday to leave Hong Kong, saying the Dalai Lama had invited him to the InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference, an annual youth event that will be held in India this year.

As the Department of Justice had no objection, the court granted Wong permission to leave Hong Kong for 10 days, imposing an additional HK$50,000 in cash bail, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Wong’s lawyer said his client was among about 1,000 youth leaders invited by the Dalai Lama to attend the conference, where topics such as using non-violent means in racial and cultural issues among different religious groups in China will be discussed.

The 22-year-old spokesman of the localist group said he was willing to surrender his travel documents to the police within 24 hours of his return to Hong Kong.

Wong may leave Hong Kong between April 26 and May 5 inclusive, but must continue to observe a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. the next day when he is in Hong Kong.

He revealed outside court that he is a Tibetan Buddhist and said he will share his views on human rights and freedom in Hong Kong at the conference, as well as other issues such as localism.

Every year, the conference is attended by more than 1,000 youth leaders from places such as Tibet, Xinjiang, other parts of China, Cuba, North Korea and Iran.

Alex Chow Wing-hong, the former secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, and Nathan Law Kwun-chung, its current secretary general, spoke on the development of democracy in Hong Kong at last year’s conference, held in Washington.

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