Dissident convicted in South Korea after daring jet ski escape from China

A Chinese dissident has been convicted of illegal entry by a South Korean court on Thursday but given a suspended jail sentence.

He made a daring escape from China on a jet ski in August due to Beijing’s surveillance of his activities and anticipation of further political persecution.

Hong Kong democracy leaders cleared of organising 2019 protest

Prominent Hong Kong democracy figures, including Jimmy Lai, cleared of organizing a 2019 rally; participation conviction upheld. Their presence at the front not deemed evidence of organization.

This follows a setback for peaceful assembly rights due to Beijing’s security law.