Activists in Hong Kong jailed for protesting

In handing down jail sentences of up to 12 months to 13 human rights activists, the Hong Kong Court of Appeal has sent a clear political message to all human rights and labour activists in Hong Kong. The sentences relate to a protest in the Legislative Council in 2014, at the height of the anti-elections laws demonstrations, concerning the process around a major new urban development in the New Territories. Also this week, three young leaders of the Hong Kong's democracy movement were sentenced to jail in a separate judgement for their roles in 2014 protests. These sentences mark a continuation of the government’s law and order campaign to stifle and suppress dissenting voices in Hong Kong.