Nathan Law is a Hong Kong activist and politician, currently forced into exile.
A leading student activist of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014, Nathan was jailed for his advocacy work. The persecution sparked global concern over Beijing’s crackdown on human rights and democratic movement in Hong Kong. In 2018, Nathan and his fellow student activists Joshua Wong and Alex Chow were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of U.S. Congress and British Parliament.
Law founded a political party called Demosistō in 2016 and ran in the Legislative Council elections. Nathan was elected and became the youngest Legislative Councilor in history. However, Law was kicked out of the Legislative Council in July 2017 following Beijing’s opposition to his pro-democracy political views.
Due to the risk imposed by the draconian National Security Law, Nathan left Hong Kong and continues to speak up for the people of Hong Kong on the international level. In 2020, he was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME.
- The West Turned a Blind Eye to China’s Threat to Democracy, Foreign Policy, February 17, 2021.
- Nathan Law’s Warning, National Review, February 15, 2021.
- Nathan Law: ‘No one knows when I can go back to Hong Kong’, The Guardian, December 5, 2020.