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Update 24/04/2019:  4 of the Umbrella Movement leaders have now been sentenced to up to 16 months in prison. No one should go to prison for peacefully protesting - call on Hong Kong to end the punishment of peaceful protesters now.

The Umbrella Movement made global headlines when they filled Hong Kong’s streets to peacefully protest the erosion of their democracy.

Now, nine movement leaders have been found guilty of “public nuisance”. 

The court's decision on their punishment is expected to land on 24 April. Whatever punishment the court decides, it could set a precedent for the government pursuing charges against the other 955 people originally arrested for protesting.

We fear the Umbrella nine could face years in prison because the authorities want to make a point that all dissent will be silenced.

This is a politically motivated prosecution designed to silence criticism of the government. 

We know that Hong Kong doesn’t want to lose face on the world stage. They want to be seen to be doing the right thing.

Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, will be the one to decide the activists’ sentence next week. 

We need to act urgently – there’s only a small window before the sentencing is handed down on 24 April.

Call on Hong Kong’s authorities to end the prosecution of Umbrella activists now.

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The Hon. Teresa Cheng

Secretary for Justice

Dear Secretary Cheng,

On 9 April 2019, nine leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy protests were convicted of vague and ambiguous charges, including: “conspiracy to commit public nuisance”, “incitement to commit public nuisance” and “incitement to incite public nuisance”. 

Among the nine activists are the co-founders of the “Occupy Central” campaign: legal scholar Professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting, sociology Professor Chan Kin-man and retired pastor Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, student leaders Tommy Cheung Sau-yin and Eason Chung Yiu-wa, lawmakers Tanya Chan and Shiu Ka-chun, and political party leaders Raphael Wong Ho-ming and Lee Wing-tat. They have all been convicted solely for their peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

We call on you Secretary Cheng to stop the politically motivated prosecution against the nine Umbrella Movement leaders, and other peaceful protesters, aimed at deterring participation in peaceful assembly and silencing critical voices.
Yours Sincerely,