Three young pro-democracy activists who played key roles in the 2014 Occupy Movement have been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
This is the first time that Hong Kong citizens have been nominated for the prize.
Twelve members of the US Congress, including four Democrats and eight Republicans, have sent a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee nominating Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chungand Alex Chow Yong-kang for the honor in recognition of their contributions to the city’s fight for democracy.
Their peaceful efforts to bring political reform and self-determination to Hong Kong should be recognized, the congressmen said.
“Hong Kong’s pro-democracy advocates have made significant contributions to peace by actively seeking to safeguard the future of Hong Kong at precisely the time that Beijing has taken steps to undermine Hong Kong’s long-cherished autonomy,” they said in the letter.
“Wong, Law, and Chow and the entire Umbrella Movement embody the peaceful aspirations of the people of Hong Kong who yearn to see their autonomies and way of life protected and their democratic aspirations fulfilled.”
Separately, the Court of Final Appeal is set to rule at 4 p.m. next Tuesday on the appeal of the case in which the three activists were accused of illegally storming a barricaded area outside the central government offices in Admiralty. The incident led to the Occupy protests that began on Sept. 29, 2014.
The Court of Appeal sentenced them to six to eight months in prison in August last year after the Department of Justice applied for judicial reviews to have a lower court’s decision to spare them of jail terms overturned.
After spending several months in jail, they were all freed on bail pending the results of their appeal to the Court of Final Appeal against their jail sentences.
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