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Human rights defender's story: Simon Cheng from Hong Kong

'One day, we should be entitled to go back to our hometown, but the condition is: with democracy, with freedom, with human rights, and without fear.'

Simon Cheng is a pro-democracy activist and human rights defender from Hong Kong. Once an employee of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, he was arrested and arbitrarily detained by Chinese authorities in 2019. Now in exile in the United Kingdom, he campaigns alongside other expatriates to restore the rights and fundamental freedoms of Hongkongers amid the tightening grip of Beijing.