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Human Rights in Hong Kong
November 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Leading human rights activists and scholars reflect on the unfolding crisis in Hong Kong and the uses, limits, and challenges of international advocacy in supporting a grassroots movement for democracy and human rights.
The event will open with a reception from 6:30-7:00pm. Panel will begin at 7pm.
Sharon K. Hom is an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Hom is also Professor of Law Emerita at the CUNY School of Law where she taught for 18 years, including training judges, lawyers, and law teachers in China. In addition to her academic activities, she is the Executive Director of Human Rights in China, and leads their human rights, media advocacy and strategic policy engagement with NGOs, governments, and multi-stakeholder initiatives since 2003. She has actively lobbied and participated in the UN human rights system for more than 15 years and published extensively on Chinese legal reforms, trade, technology, and international human rights. Hom was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s “50 Women to Watch” in 2007. She received her J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Nathan Law is a politician and activist from Hong Kong, currently studying at Yale University. As a former student leader, he has been chairman of the Representative Council of the Lingnan University Students Union (LUSU), acting president of the LUSU, and secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS). He was one of the student leaders during the 79-day Umbrella Movement n 2014. He is the founding and former chairman of Demosistō, a new political party derived from the 2014 protests. On 4 September 2016, at the age of 23, Law was elected to serve as a legislator for Hong Kong Island, making him the youngest lawmaker in the history of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. Over his controversial oath-taking at the Legislative Council inaugural meeting, his office was challenged by the Hong Kong Government which resulted in his disqualification from the Legislative Council on 14 July 2017.
Jeffrey Ngo is a writer, historian, and pro-democracy activist based in Washington, D.C., where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in History at Georgetown University. His articles have appeared in Time magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Hong Kong Free Press, and Dissent. Beyond academia, Ngo serves as chief researcher for Demosisto, the Hong Kong-based youth political group that advocates self-determination. He has worked for two successful Legislative Council election campaigns: Nathan Law’s in 2016 and Au Nok-Hin’s in 2018. Moreover, Ngo is one of the lead architects of “Decoding Hong Kong’s History,” which has been featured by the Financial Times and the Hong Kong Free Press. Since launching in February 2017, this public history project has crowdfunded over HK$300,000 to collect, digitize, and analyze declassified files from archives around the world. Jeffrey holds degrees from NYU’s College of Arts and Science (’16) and Graduate School of Arts and Science (’17).