In the absence of an official rationalization, he stated it was troublesome to say if the denial was linked to his HRW affiliation.
“I don’t think my scholarship is particularly critical of China or politically sensitive,” Thoreson stated, including that his work principally targeted on the rights of LGBTQ youth.
He stated he had been instructing HKU programs remotely whereas ready for the visa, and that the programs to this point had nothing to do with Hong Kong’s political context.
Hong Kong immigration authorities and the HKU law school didn’t instantly reply to AFP’s requests for remark. Historically, metropolis authorities don’t clarify visa rejections.
CRACKDOWN ON DISSENT
HRW described the choice as one other blow to Hong Kong’s fame as a hub for tutorial freedom.
“Hong Kong authorities denying visas to scholars is nothing more than the Xi Jinping-ification of academic institutions – a terrible loss,” the watchdog’s China Director Sophie Richardson advised AFP.
China’s crackdown in Hong Kong has ensnared academic establishments as effectively, from elementary faculties to universities, with authorities saying there was an absence of patriotic training.
The authorities has since moved to incubate loyalty amongst college students as a part of a wider marketing campaign to root out dissent.
Several larger training directors have embraced that drive to make instructing extra “patriotic” and purge campuses of sure political opinions.
In December, a decades-old statue marking Beijing’s 1989 suppression of Tiananmen Square democracy protesters was dismantled by HKU.
Several different universities adopted go well with, bringing down related memorials on their campuses.
Last week, employees additionally coated up a big slogan on an HKU campus bridge that mourned the Tiananmen “martyrs”.
Since 2018, 4 overseas journalists working in Hong Kong have been compelled to depart after their visas have been rejected with out rationalization.