One of the movements behind the massive pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019 announced its dissolution on Sunday (15). CHRF (an acronym for Civil Human Rights Front) said it is facing Unprecedented challenges.
The group was founded in 2002 to advocate nonviolence and led to the emergence of several organized protests in Hong Kong to advance human rights. in 2019, Millions of people crowd the streets The city in pro-democracy protests.
Most CHRF activists has already been arrested, Including former pro-democracy leaders Jimmy Sham and Vighu Chan. About 30 other civil society organizations in Hong Kong have already been dissolved for fear of repression, according to an AFP survey.
The HRC’s decision comes in the midst of a police investigation into possible violations of security legislation. The group said that it held a meeting on Friday (13) in which the members decided to separate.
“In the past year, the government has continued to use the pandemic as an excuse to reject protest requests by the CHRF and other groups,” the organization said in a statement on Sunday.
The CHRF said about $205,000 in assets will be donated to other organizations.
The solution follows a similar move by the Professional Teachers’ Union after it was criticized by Chinese state media and Hong Kong authorities, raising concerns about suppression of the opposition movement from the city.
The decision also casts a shadow over the future of the July 1 March, which marked the relocation of the former British colony to Beijing in 1997 and which has traditionally seen thousands of people take to the streets to protest the government.
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