Au in the 2018 Legislative Council by-election
|Member of the Legislative Council|
21 March 2018 – 17 December 2019
|Preceded by||Nathan Law|
|Constituency||Hong Kong Island|
|Convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front|
October 2016 – October 2017
|Preceded by||Jimmy Shum|
|Succeeded by||Sammy Ip|
|Member of the Southern District Council|
1 January 2012 – 31 December 2019
|Preceded by||Wong Che-ngai|
|Succeeded by||Chan Yan-yi|
|Constituency||Lei Tung I|
|Born||18 June 1987|
|Political party||Democratic Party (2009–17)|
|Left 21 (2010–14)|
|Residence||Kwun Tong, Kowloon|
|Alma mater||Chinese University of Hong Kong|
Au Nok-hin (Chinese: 區諾軒; born 18 June 1987) is a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong. He is the former member of the Legislative Council for Hong Kong Island from 2018 to 2019 and member of the Southern District Council for Lei Tung I from 2012 to 2019.
From 2016 to 2017, Au was the convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front. In the 2018 Legislative Council by-election triggered by oath-taking controversy, Au replaced Demosistō candidate Agnes Chow who was disqualified over her alleged pro-independence stance. He was elected with more than 130,000 votes. Au was a member of the Democratic Party before he quit in 2017. Due to Chow's disqualification being ruled as unlawful by the court, the by-election was seen as invalid and Au was unseated in December 2019 as a result.
Early life and education
Au was born in Hong Kong in 1987 and grew up in Kai Yip Estate in Kowloon Bay. He studied at the Conservative Baptist Lui Ming Choi Primary School and the St. Joseph's Anglo-Chinese School. He participated in the students' union when he studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and participated in the anti-Express Rail Link protests in 2009 and 2010. He continued his study in a master program in political science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
District Council and party politics
Au joined the Democratic Party in 2009 and was first elected to the Southern District Council at the age of 24 in the 2011 District Council election, running in Lei Tung I, a constituency covered the Lei Tung Estate with another young Democrat Lo Kin-hei.
Au belongs to the progressive spectrum in the party, urging the party to take a more radical stance for upholding the interests and core values of the Hong Kong people. He also opposed party's stance to meet with the Beijing officials in secret. He became the youngest candidate to run in the 2012 party leadership election against the two chairpersons and veteran legislators Emily Lau and Sin Chung-kai, in the wake of Albert Ho's resignation as chairman after the party's disastrous defeat in 2012 Legislative Council election. He received 14 votes, as compared to Lau's 149 votes and Sin's 133 votes.
Au was in James To's ticket in territory-wide District Council (Second) "super seats" in the 2012 Legislative Council election, placing third after To and Andrew Chiu Ka-yin. Although Au was not elected in To's list, his ticket saw To being elected with 316,468 votes, the largest votes a ticket received in Hong Kong's electoral history.
Au was a member of the central committee of the Democratic Party.
He had a frontline role in the 2014 Hong Kong protests who stormed the "Civic Square", or the forecourt of the Central Government Complex on September 26, in the lead-up to the mass sit-ins. He has also addressed the crowds in Mong Kok some nights.
In 2014, he challenged the incumbent chairwoman Emily Lau again in the leadership re-election in a four-way contest with legislator Wu Chi-wai and party treasurer Stanley Ng. He received 33 member votes and was eliminated in the first round.
Legislative Council bids
Au was tipped to run in the 2016 Legislative Council election in Hong Kong Island with another rising star Chai Man-hon. However, both Au and Chai did not submit their nominations in the intra-party pre-election primary. Au is planning to run in the Wholesale and Retail functional constituency, a long-time stronghold of the pro-Beijing camp and had been held by the Liberal Party. As he is a partner of his mother's fashion retail company which has two shops and one booth in Sincere Department Store, he is eligible to run in the trade-based constituency. He received 1,231 votes and was defeated by Liberal Party's Shiu Ka-fai.
In 2017, he quit the Democratic Party "to pursue his own political beliefs". He was later tipped as a candidate for the 2018 Legislative Council Hong Kong Island by-election for the seat left vacant after the disqualification of Nathan Law of Demosistō. Demosistō member Agnes Chow who later became the candidate, was disqualified by the returning officer which led to Au becoming the common candidate of the pro-democracy camp. He was elected with more than 130,000 votes, about 51 per cent of the vote share, defeating Judy Chan of the New People's Party.
Au Nok-hin was arrested in his residence in Kwun Tong on 30 August 2019 regarding his role in a demonstration on 8 July, a part of the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests. He was accused of obstructing and assaulting a police officer with the volume from his loudspeaker. On the same day, Hong Kong police also arrested numerous pro-democracy figures and politicians. Ko Chun-pong, a Superintendent of the Hong Kong Police Public Relations Branch, alleged that he felt discomfort in his right ear because Au's speaker seemed too loud. Another police officer, Kwan Chi-ho, testified that Au hit his riot shield three times.
On 18 April 2020, Au was arrested again, as one of 15 Hong Kong high-profile pro-democracy figures, on suspicion of organizing, publicizing or taking part in several unauthorized assemblies between August and October 2019 in the course of the anti-extradition bill protests.
On 24 April, Au was sentenced to 140 hours of community service after a judge convicted him of assault for using a loudspeaker near the police. Au had maintained his innocence and stated his intentions to file an appeal. Since his conviction, the Hong Kong Bar Association launched an inquiry against Vivien Chan Man-wai, the prosecutor in Au's case, after she was accused of violating professional standards.
On 6 January 2021, Au was among 53 members of the pro-democratic camp who were arrested under the national security law, specifically its provision regarding alleged subversion. The group stood accused of the organisation of and participation in unofficial primary elections held by the camp in July 2020. Au was released on bail on 7 January.
Au hosts an internet radio programme about Japanese culture and teaches Japanese in the estate he serves. He is known to be a fan of Japanese anime.
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| Member of Southern District Council
Representative for Lei Tung I
| Convenor of Civil Human Rights Front
|Legislative Council of Hong Kong|
| Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Hong Kong Island