Toronto Association for Democracy in China (TADC) announced today that Joy Luk, one of the key figures during the 2019 Hong Kong protests, has arrived safely in Canada.
《多倫多支持中國民運會》向大家發佈一個消息，於 2019 年義無反顧地支持香港反送中運動的陸耀輝小姐 (Joy Luk) 已經安全抵達加拿大。
Luk, the first and only visually impaired lawyer in Hong Kong, was always present at the frontlines of the 2019 Hong Kong protests. When not standing with a bullhorn between the protesters and the police, she provided legal assistance to those arrested.
She was targeted and harassed by the police.
“They followed me everywhere, they mock my blindness, they threatened to put me away,” she said from an undisclosed location in Toronto. “The situation had become untenable, I feared for my safety and for the safety of my family.”
She fled Hong Kong in December 2021 and received an invitation to guest lecture on disability rights at an institution of higher-learning in Toronto.
Luk, 44, was born blind. She received a Master of Law in International Human Rights from Hong Kong University and is a passionate advocate for democratic rights and for the rights of people with disability.
“People’s kindness really shown through, especially to someone who is visually impaired,” Luk said as she reflected on the civility of the protest movement. “I can still remember Denise Ho patiently taking my hands guiding me through the crowd.”
Ho is the Canadian popstar arrested at the end of last year for her role on the advisory board of The Stand News. The independent news media has since been shut down.
“This is the true spirit of the non-violent Hong Kong protests despite overwhelming police brutality,” said Cheuk Kwan of the Toronto Association for Democracy in China. “Canada should show more concern for the end of democracy in Hong Kong and help resettle some of these brave people here.”
Toronto Association for Democracy in China urges the Canadian government to broaden the scope of political asylum and speed up the refugee settlement process.
Former immigration minister Marco Mendicino previously told the House of Commons that would-be migrants or asylum seekers would not be denied entry for “arrests and convictions outside Canada for taking part in peaceful protests.”
“But that spirit has not been upheld on the ground,” Kwan said. “We have seen just too many cases where visitors from Hong Kong were deemed inadmissible simply because they were previously convicted for the possession of laser pointers in their knapsacks.”
作為香港第一位亦是唯一一位失明律師，陸小姐經常出現於 2019 年大大小小的抗議活動前線。她抱着擴音器站在警方防線與抗争者之間作出調解，亦為被捕抗爭者提供法律援助。
「香港警察用暴力手段壓倒一切，正正彰顯這場非暴力抗議活動的真正精神，」《多倫多支持中國民運會》關卓中說。 「香港的自由淪喪加拿大應多加關注 ，好讓這些勇敢的香港人在這裏重獲新生。」
《多倫多支持中國民運會》敦促加拿大政府擴大救生艇計劃，放寬政治庇護條件，加快難民審批程序。 前移民部長 Marco Mendicino 曾於國會提到，在加拿大境外因參與和平抗議而被捕及定罪的人士，在移民抵步或尋求庇護時不會被拒絕入境。