Hong Kong. Interview with Proton user Nathan Law
|CIVIL LIBERTIES Nathan Law is an activist who, in 2016, at age 23, became the youngest lawmaker to be elected to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. In an exclusive interview, he tells the story of how freedom in Hong Kong is being lost and why it’s something we should all fight for.|
Over the summer, Proton donated over HK$800,000 to local organizations defending civil liberties in Hong Kong.
Why freedom in Hong Kong matters
In June, the Hong Kong authorities, at the behest of the Chinese government, rushed to implement the new National Security Law in the middle of the night, giving the people of Hong Kong only two hours’ notice. This regulation granted Hong Kong law enforcement sweeping extra-judicial powers, including the ability to intercept private communications, censor online content, and search premises and seize property, all without a warrant.
The National Security Law effectively destroyed the freedom, respect for human rights, and rule of law that Hong Kong had been known for. Former Hong Kong legislator Nathan Law, who was forced to flee Hong Kong for London since the regulation was passed, sat down with us to explain the situation the people of Hong Kong face.
Protecting freedom is a long and difficult struggle, and to succeed, the peoples of the world must stand together, which is why, today, we stand with Hong Kong. We hope that our financial support helps the cause for freedom in Hong Kong to continue burning brightly.
We will always fight for freedom
Proton is a Swiss organization, and like our host country, we remain neutral on political matters. However, we will always stand up for fundamental human rights, like freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and democracy. Proton has an office in Taiwan, so we feel great solidarity with our users in Hong Kong and a duty to help uphold our shared values.