Edward Snowden

31-year-old American Edward Snowden, a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is the whistleblower behind significant revelations that surfaced in June 2013 about the US government's top secret, extensive domestic surveillance programmes. Snowden flew to Hong Kong from Hawaii in May 2013, and supplied confidential US government documents to media outlets including the Guardian

Human rights lawyer Mark Daly said the success rate for applications in Hong Kong was ‘absurdly low’. Photo: David Wong

Transparency urged on how Hong Kong handles sanctuary claims

Legal experts and advocates have called for better decision-making and greater transparency in the way Hong Kong evaluates the claims of people who arrive in the city seeking sanctuary from torture or persecution in their home countries.