December 11, 2023

Immigration Marriage

Feel Good With Immigration

Lawyer Michael Vidler reflects on 19 years of equal rights advocacy in Hong Kong, and his reasons for leaving

This article was published as part of HKFP’s new affiliation with The Guardian.

“I lived here for 30 years. This has been my home. Hong Kong was my home… This isn’t how I expected to end my firm or my time in Hong Kong,” prominent human rights lawyer Michael Vidler told HKFP after a hasty exit to the UK in late April.

The 58-year-old Brit cited concerns over the Beijing-drafted national security law and “unfounded allegations” by the city’s bellicose state-controlled press.