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                                                        Joshua Wong  黃之鋒

Joshua Wong - Co-Founder, Demosisto

born 13 October 1996

Joshua Wong founded the student activist group Scholarism in 2011, which was heavily involved in the protests against the introduction of Moral and National Education into Hong Kong school curricula in 2012 and in the Umbrella Movement pro-democracy protests of 2014.  He was one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 and one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders of 2015.  He is a founder of the political party Demosisto, which is expected to contest the upcoming Hong Kong Legislative Council elections in September 2016.


Netflix to feature documentary on HK activist

Joshua Wong 黃之鋒

24 January 2017

Video-streaming giant Netflix has acquired the distribution rights for a documentary about Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong.
The film chronicles his political life focusing on his role in the 2014 protests which made him an icon at 16.

Hong Kong's so-called Umbrella Movement demanded universal suffrage for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Currently, the leader of the city is elected by a 1,200 member committee, seen as pro-Beijing.

In unprecedented scenes, the 2014 protests saw the streets of central Hong Kong filled and blocked by angry crowds demanding a fully democratic selection process.

At the time Joshua Wong, one of the student leaders, was held up as the unofficial "poster boy" of the movement and even made it to the cover of Time Magazine.



The Sun Zhigang Incident and the Future of Constitutionalism:  Does the Chinese Constitution Have a Future? 

By Teng Biao
(1) The Sun Zhigang Incident
In March 2003, Sun Zhigang, a young man from Hubei Province, was detained by police in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province under the custody and repatriation administrative detention system due to not having a temporary residence permit for the city. After three days in a custody and repatriation centre, Sun died, beaten to death. The Southern Metropolis Daily report of Sun’s death1 aroused a lot of anger and discussion among the Chinese people and led to further reports by the traditional media and on discussion on the internet. Dr. Xu Zhiyong, Dr. Yu Jiang, and the author watched this unfold closely, communicating via BBSes, email, and telephone. They decided to issue an open letter in response2 with the following strategy:

Teng, Biao, ‘The Sun Zhigang Incident and the Future of Constitutionalism: Does the Chinese Constitution Have a Future?’ Occasional Paper, Centre for Rights and Justice, Faculty of Law, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (30 December 2013)  
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                                            Teng Biao  滕彪

Teng Biao; What Is Rights Defence?


The term "rights defence" has become very popular, but it actually hasn't been in use very long. The year 2003 saw a series of relatively influential public law cases, including those involving Sun Zhigang, Li Siyi, Sun Dawu and several independent candidates in People's Congress elections. The platform of the Internet and traditional media made these cases a breakthrough for public intellectuals; especially, legal scholars and lawyers. In late 2003 and early 2004, some writers referred to 2003 as the "inaugural year of civil rights action."  In fact, the original intention was to refer to a "civil rights movement," but the media considered this too sensitive, so it was changed to "civil rights action." "Civil rights" eventually evolved into "rights defence," while "action" was transformed into "movement." The rights defence movement quickly became a hot topic in the media (particularly the foreign media) and among China watchers analysing mainland China's social and political development, resulting in an impressive accumulation of articles on the subject.

What form does rights defence take? Mainly it is the intervention of lawyers or rights defenders in a specific case, for example, the cases of Sun Zhigang and Chen Guangcheng, the Sanlu Milk Powder case, or cases involving freedom of expression, religious freedom or property rights. The goal is to use the legal process to demonstrate the power of the law and protect the rights of the party concerned, to call on the government to abide by the law, to expose the unlawful actions of officials, to use the court of public opinion to monitor law enforcement departments when necessary, or to defend civil rights through legal arguments in court. This also includes launching public interest lawsuits, signing open letters regarding a case, commenting publicly on a particular legal policy, and all other legally-permissible means of monitoring the government and promoting the development of rule of law. For example, applying for the opening up of official files on a certain matter can unearth an inexhaustible source of information for further action. We believe that through hard effort on individual cases we can make gradual progress on rule of law in China



'A Hole to Bury You'
A first-hand account of how China's police treats the citizens it's supposed to serve and protect.
Updated Dec. 28, 2010 7:43 p.m.

On Dec. 23, the United Nations International Convention for the Protection of All Persons From Forced Disappearance came into force. China has declined to accede to this convention. My experience that same day is just one of many examples of how the authorities continue to falsely imprison Chinese citizens.
That evening, I was in the Xizhimen area of Beijing chatting with my colleagues Piao Xiang, Xu Zhiyong and Zhang Yongpan. Ms. Piao had disappeared after she and I went to Dandong on Oct. 7 to argue the court case of Leng Guoquan, a man framed by the police for drug trafficking; she had only been released on Dec. 20. Her abductors had been officers from the state security squad of the Public Security Bureau. I asked her to narrate the entire process of her disappearance in detail.
Later, I suggested to Mr. Zhang, "Let's go and see Fan Yafeng's mom." The day before, we had contacted fellow human rights lawyer Fan Yafeng and found out that he was under strict house arrest. But he had said that his mother was going to be alone at home in the evening and so I thought we should go see her.

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