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Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee 吳靄儀

Former Member (Representative of Legal Sector) of the Hong Kong Legislative Council; Also a Barrister, Columnist, and Writer.

Date of Birth:

January 25, 1948




612 Humanitarian Relief Fund; Female; Journalist; Legislator; National Security Law; Scholar

Behind Bars Since


Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee is a versatile figure in Hong Kong's political and media spheres. She has made a significant impact through her roles as a barrister, politician, columnist, and writer.[1] She served as the editor-in-chief of Ming Pao newspaper and a columnist at the Standard and South China Morning Post for a weekly column titled "The Margaret Ng Column" during the British Colonial era.[2]

Ng began her political career in 1995, representing the Legal sector constituency as a member of the Legislative Council for 17 years until her successor from the Civil Party, Dennis Kwok, was elected.[3] In 2003, Ng became a member of the Basic Law Article 23 Concern Group, a pro-democracy group of a coalition of lawyers advocating for universal suffrage from a legal and constitutional perspective.[4]

In recent years, she played a pivotal role as a board member of Stand News, a staunch pro-democracy newspaper. Simultaneously, she served as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund (612人道支援基金), which provided humanitarian and financial support to persons who were injured, arrested, attacked, or threatened by violence during the 2019 anti-extradition law protests.[5] She was arrested along with other trustees, including Cardinal Zen, on charges of colluding with foreign forces on May 11, 2022.[6] On Nov. 25, 2022, the trustees were convicted for failing to properly register the Fund under the Societies Ordinance. They filed an appeal to the High Court two weeks later.

Ng was found guilty of organizing and knowingly participating in an unauthorized assembly during the 2019 movement. She received a 12-month sentence suspended for 24 months.[7]

She faced additional charges, including "conspiracy to publish seditious publications," during her tenure as the Director of Stand News.[8] Ng was released on bail on Dec. 30, 2021.

In 2020, Ng received the 2020 American Bar Association International Human Rights Award in recognition of her efforts to advance human rights and democracy in Hong Kong.[9]

Photo: Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee's Wikipedia

Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee 吳靄儀


Organizing and participating in unauthorized assembly on Aug. 18, 2019:

  • Apr. 18, 2020: Arrested

  • Apr. 1, 2021: Pled not guilty; Convicted

  • Apr. 16, 2021: Sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for 2 years

  • Nov. 28, 2022: Filed an appeal to the High Court

  • Aug. 14, 2023: Overturned the conviction for organizing unauthorized assembly, upholding the conviction on participating in unauthorized assembly

Conspiracy to publish seditious publications:

  • Dec. 29, 2021: Arrested

Failing to properly register the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund under the societies ordinance as a trustee:

  • May 11, 2022: Arrested by the national security police

  • Nov. 25, 2022: Convicted; Fined with HK$ 4000

  • Dec. 13, 2022: Filed an appeal to the High Court

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