Monday, June 27, 2016
12:30pm for 12:45pm – lunch
1:15pm – address
Speaker: Joshua Wong, Secretary General, Demosistō & Founder, Scholarism
Nathan Law, Chairman, Demosistō
Two founders of the newly-formed political party Demosistō discussed their vision of Hong Kong’s future. Both speakers spearheaded the Umbrella Movement, a 79-day city-wide demonstration in Hong Kong in 2014.
Joshua Wong is the secretary general of Demosistō. Prior to co-creating this party with fellow student activists such as Law, Wong was a convenor and founder of the now defunct student activist group Scholarism. He gained worldwide attention as the face of the student-led Occupy Hong Kong movement; TIME had selected Wong as one of the Most Influential Teens of 2014. The popular pro-democracy campaigner is currently studying at the Open University of Hong Kong.
Nathan Law is chairman of the new young party, which was established in April this year. Law studied cultural studies at Lingnan University, where he was also the institution’s student union chief. He was one of three student leaders at the heart of the Occupy Hong Kong protests two years ago who were banned from flying to Beijing in an attempt to press their demands for genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Law was formerly the secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students. The youth leader may run for a Hong Kong Island seat in the September Legislative Council elections.
Speaker: Joshua Wong, Secretary General, Demosistō & Founder, Scholarism Nathan Law, Chairman, Demosistō,
The Human Rights Press Awards are run by the FCC, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. The ceremony took place in May 2017. Click here to see the winners.