The HK Prize Nominated Five Imprisoned Pro-Democracy Activists

HK Prize is one of the most prominent writing contests for high school students. Top ten finalists receive both monetary prizes and trophies; additionally they may visit some of Hong Kong’s premier research facilities, meeting scientists from around the world. This is a great way for young people to explore Asian culture and honing their writing skills. However, before submitting an entry it is crucial to read through all rules and regulations to ensure a successful outcome.

Lui Che-woo founded the prize in 2015 to recognize individuals who advance world civilisation and inspire others towards creating a harmonious society. Previous winners include selfless volunteers helping the homeless and scientists who developed liquid biopsy technology to speed up cancer diagnosis. Those interested in applying can submit a research paper published in an accredited peer-reviewed journal that makes an impactful statement about society – clinical studies, observational and epidemiological studies are all eligible.

The organisers hope the prize will help to promote scientific work in Hong Kong, and also attract more world-class science talent to our city. In addition to boosting the local scientific atmosphere, the prize has helped Hong Kong’s research achievements gain greater exposure in the Mainland and across the globe.

This year’s prize honours a wide range of individuals fighting for human rights, social progress and environmental protection. In particular, the prize jury nominated five imprisoned pro-democracy activists who have suffered for their activism. The nomination could not be more timely as Hong Kong’s long-cherished autonomy continues to erode.

These five individuals are among the hundreds, if not thousands, of Hong Kongers who have faced jail time over their protests against China’s erosion of democracy. They have been a mirror to the ugly face of authoritarianism, standing up against discrimination and oppression. Their actions have made the world a better place.

They have been nominated along with a further 15 people, including journalists, lawyers, politicians, and labor rights activists. The committee will meet this autumn to discuss the nominees’ cases and make a decision. If the prize is given to any of these activists, it would be the first time in history that a prize was awarded to people who are under pressure for their political beliefs. It is a fitting tribute to the courageous spirit of past Nobel Peace Prize winners, such as Hitler critic Carl von Ossietzky and Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov. The organisers believe that this year’s prize will send an important message to the international community and encourage more people to speak up for freedom.