Hong Kong democracy activist wins TIME’s 2020 Top 100 poll


Nathan Law, a leading pro-democracy activist and the youngest lawmaker in Hong Kong’s history, has taken first place in TIME’s readers’ poll of the world’s most influential people, TIME reports:

Law made news in July when he revealed that he fled Hong Kong after China imposed a new, controversial national security law making separatism, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign countries criminal offenses—an attempt at cracking down on Hong Kong protests.

Law was a member of a delegation which warned a 2019 National Endowment for Democracy forum (below) of Beijing’s grip is tightening over Hong Kong’s free society—including the judiciary. Across the board, Hong Kong’s human rights environment is under serious pressure, with its core values and every pillar of civil society under assault.

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