A New York Times op-ed piece proposes that the three Hong Kong student leaders jailed on Thursday in connection with their fight for democracy be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In an article titled A Nobel Prize for Hong Kong’s Democrats, the US newspaper’s staff editor and writer Bari Weiss called Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang, who were given jail sentences of six to eight months, “Hong Kong’s first prisoners of conscience”, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Wong and Chow were convicted of unlawful assembly last year while Law was found guilty of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly, for storming the government headquarters in Admiralty in September 2014.
They received jail terms after the Department of Justice filed an application for a judicial review of the original ruling by a lower court which gave community service orders and a suspended jail sentence.
Weiss said the pro-democracy trio led the Umbrella Movement with the intention of “defending Hong Kong’s freedoms”.
The author likened the three jailed young activists to “Andrei Sakharov, Vaclav Havel, Aung San Suu Kyi and so many dissidents that came before them”.
She regarded the three as being “among some of the most prominent leaders pushing an authoritarian China to honor its international and political commitments”.
She said a Nobel Peace Prize for the trio can help push China to “honor its international and political commitments”.
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