Simon Young, William Hayward and Paul Yip
Hong Kong protests: show arrested youth some mercy, to begin the healing process in society
- Greater discretion by police and prosecutors towards those arrested – whether they are under or over 18 – would represent a significant step to rebuilding trust and harmony
- The underlying causes of the protests remain unaddressed, and genuine reconciliation must occur or the unrest might return at any time
Professor Simon Young is associate dean (research) in the Faculty of Law and a practising Hong Kong barrister. He teaches criminal law and evidence in the Faculty's J.D. programme and a LL.M. course on human rights in the criminal process. He is known internationally for his scholarship on the Hong Kong political and legal systems, and the forfeiture of proceeds of crime.
William Hayward is dean of social sciences and professor of psychology at the University of Hong Kong. He gained a BA and MA from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and a PhD in Psychology from Yale University.
Paul Yip is the founding director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong, and a professor at the university's Department of Social Work and Social Administration. His interests include suicide prevention, population health and poverty research. He serves as the secretary general of the Asian Population Association and the research chair of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit and a member of the Hong Kong government's Steering Committee on Population Policy.