Facts of the facts | Can the democratic people in Hong Kong be "political asylum" in other countries?




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On December 4th,火速资讯 Global Timespublish an articleCriticize Zhou Ting, a Hong Kong democratic activist who is currently studying in Canada.Zhou recently announced that she decided to stay in Canada instead of returning to Hong Kong before the expiration of the bail.

The article quoted a commentator as saying: Zhou Ting and other democratic activities committed "serious criminal crimes", not political prisoners, and claimed that Zhou and other Hong Kong democrats were "unable to" have political asylum in other countries.

This statement is misleading.According to the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Commission (IRB), Hong Kong residents in exile in Canada can give priority to obtaining asylum status. 

The Global Times quoted a commentator as saying that Hong Kong people who fled abroad because of the crimes listed in the National Security Law were unlikely to obtain asylum.(Screenshot/Global Times)
The Global Times quoted a commentator as saying that Hong Kong people who fled abroad because of the crimes listed in the National Security Law were unlikely to obtain asylum.(Screenshot/Global Times)

In August 2019, Zhou Ting was in the summer of the summer of the Hong Kong Police Department.ArrestEssenceOne year later, she was incited and participated in the "unauthorized rally"is convictedEssenceShe began serving his sentence in December 2020, and seven months laterParoleEssence

However, after the promulgation of the National Security Law in June 2020, Zhou was used by the Hong Kong authorities in August 2020 by theThe charges of "inciting division of the country" were arrested againAt the time, there were also democratic activities such as Li Zhiying, who were arrested at the same time as her. 

While waiting for the new crime to be tried, Zhou Xiang Hong Kong authorities who received bail were released on bail.Apply for studying abroadLicensing.After being approved, she left Hong Kong in September 2023 to Canada. As a bail, she promised to return to Hong Kong police to report to the police in December.

On December 3, Zhou Ting posted on Instagram,Announced decide to stay in Canada, I won't go back again.The Hong Kong Police National Security Bureau the next dayissue a statementIt is urged that "do not choose a way to return," and the Chief Executive Li Jiachao of Hong Kong pointed out that Zhou Ting "deceived" the government after obtaining a large treatment.

On December 3, Zhou Ting announced on Instagram that she decided not to return to Hong Kong to report to the police as planned.(Screenshot/Instagram)
On December 3, Zhou Ting announced on Instagram that she decided not to return to Hong Kong to report to the police as planned.(Screenshot/Instagram)

To date, a political crime that has maintained a 100%conviction rate

In the report of the Global Times, Zhu Jiajian, executive director of the Hong Kong current affairs commentator and the executive director of the Hong Kong Federation of the China Peaceful and Unified Promotion Association, said that Zhou Ting and other committed "criminal crimes" instead of political prisoners.

Although "political crime" may also refer to white -collar crimes among politicians, the most common usage is crime that threatens national interests. "National Security Law"Defining a variety of actions such as splitting countries, subverting state power, and collusion of foreign countries are defined as criminal crimes, and these actions are still widely considered to be political crimes.

According to the Case of the National Security LawThe conviction rate is extremely highThe political nature of these crimes is highlighted. As of December 2023, the conviction rate in accordance with the crime is still 100%.

The Asian Law Center of Georgetown University submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in 2022An opinion pointed outThis is very worrying to restrict the trial of jury and pre -trial in accordance with the cases of the National Security Law, which is very worrying.

Later, the development of the situation further exacerbated this kind of worry, because the Hong Kong government subsequentlyForbidden foreign lawyers from acting involved in the "National Security Law" case,andProposal amendmentAllow prosecutors to appeal to the innocent ruling made by the preliminary trial court.

How can Canada treat political refugees from Hong Kong

Canadian immigration and refugee committee (IRB) pointed out,Hong Kong refugees applying for shelter in CanadaIt may be given priority to the "LESS Complex Claim". In the case of conditions, applicants are eligible to speed up the application process: they only need short hearings or no formal hearing at all.

The Canadian government pointed out that the application of asylum for Hong Kong people is preferred, and they may be qualified to obtain an emergency procedure to obtain asylum identity.(Screenshot/Canadian immigration and refugee bureau)
The Canadian government pointed out that the application of asylum for Hong Kong people is preferred, and they may be qualified to obtain an emergency procedure to obtain asylum identity.(Screenshot/Canadian immigration and refugee bureau)

IRB Minister also announced,Aimed at Hong Kong refugee exemptionIn the process of applying for a refugee identity, once it is rejected, it is not allowed to apply for a ban on the risk assessment of the return home within 12 months.This ban means that after the shelter application is rejected, applicants cannot apply for an assessment of their return risk in one year.Now, the IRB minister has announced that the ban on the exemption of Hong Kong people can allow them to complete the shelter application process faster.

The Minister also said that any arrest related to peace protest or the allegations of Hong Kong citizens in accordance with the "National Security Law" will not affect their shelter applications.

A spokesman for Canadian immigrants, refugees and citizenships (IRCC) told the Asian factual investigation laboratory: "Canada has long been committed to protecting those who need the most helpful people in the world with the most vulnerable people in the world. Canada is committed to being committed toYu provides protection for those who escape from the original country. "

In addition, Hong Kong people want to live in Canada for a long time, nor can they only apply for shelter.

Since 2021, CanadaTake multiple measuresIt makes it easier for Hong Kong people to obtain the long -term residence rights in the country, including the development of citizens of Hong KongTwo ways to obtain permanent residence rights: One for Graduates of Canadian university, and the other is a person who has work experience in Canada.

Canada has set up two ways to obtain permanent residence for Hong Kong immigrants (screenshots/Canadian government website)
Canada has set up two ways to obtain permanent residence for Hong Kong immigrants (screenshots/Canadian government website)

2023, CanadaRelaxed the requirements of Hong Kong people to obtain a work permit, ThenCancelled completelyHong Kong people who apply for permanent residency to apply for permanent residency need to meet the requirements of Hong Kong people through occupational immigration.

Since the promulgation of the National Security Law of Hong Kong, Hong Kong people have applied for Canada's work and learning permitsSurge in quantityAs of January 2023, Canada has distributed them near 33,000 copiesWork and study permit.

Canadian immigrants, refugees and citizens (IRCC) further pointedMore than 3,000 Hong Kong residentsGet the Permanent residence in Canada.

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