4th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) Agnes Chow Ting, a former member and standing committee member of the now-disbanded Hong Kong political group Demosisto, announced on social media yesterday (December 3) that she has decided not to return to Hong Kong at the end of December as originally planned to report under the Hong Kong national security law. Citing concerns about her physical and mental well-being, she stated that she will likely never return to Hong Kong. In response, Hong Kong Police Force’s National Security Department (NSD) strongly condemned her actions, calling them a blatant challenge to the rule of law. They urged her to reconsider her decision and not choose a path that would burden her with the label of “fugitive” for the rest of her life.
According to the law enforcement authorities, Agnes Chow was arrested by the National Security Department on 10th August, 2020, on suspicion of violating the offence of colluding with foreign forces. After her release, she was subsequently imprisoned from the end of 2020 to the middle of 2021 for other cases. Following her release from prison, she remained on bail and under investigation by the National Security Department. Under the power granted by Annex 2 of Article 43 of the Hong Kong national security law, law enforcement authorities restricted her from leaving the territory. During this period, Agnes Chow consistently reported to the law enforcement authorities on time and cooperated with them. Earlier, she had informed the authorities of her intention to pursue further studies abroad and provided documents proving that she had been accepted by a foreign institution. In September of this year, the National Security Department issued a travel document to her and extended her bail until December.