Wong, the columnist for WELT AM SONNTAG, has already been imprisoned and is currently serving a 13.5-month prison term;

a verdict that human rights defenders and political observers see as unfair and political.

So far, however, he has not been sentenced under the National Security Act.

This Chinese law allows the state to take action against activists at will.

Joshua Wong and his colleagues campaign for democracy and human rights in their home country Hong Kong.

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In response to the ongoing protests and calls for more democracy in Hong Kong, China's communist leadership had passed a harsh and vaguely worded security law for Hong Kong.

It is directed against activities that Beijing sees as subversive, separatist, terrorist or conspiratorial.

The law is the most far-reaching interference in Hong Kong's autonomy to date and gives China's state security extensive powers in the independent territory.

From the point of view of the critics, it is the end of the principle “one country, two systems”, according to which Hong Kong has been ruled autonomously under Chinese sovereignty since 1997, with far-reaching freedoms for its seven million inhabitants.