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Amnesty International urges Hong Kong to investigate police actions during protests

September 24, 2019

MADRID, Sep 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The NGO Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged the Hong Kong Government to investigate the actions of the Police against protesters during the protests that have taken place since early June.

AI has warned that the process by which “increasing restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly culminated in this summer's protests.”

“The constant erosion of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong began long before the announcement of the extradition bill. The Chinese authorities, along with the Honkonesa, have been systematically cutting the special status that Hong Kong is supposed to enjoy in relation to the protection of Human Rights, “said the director of the AI ​​Regional Office for East Asia, Joshua Rosenzweig.

“The scandalous police response to protests over the extradition bill has raised fears that Hong Kong is falling into the repressive style of government observed in mainland China,” he added.

Thus, Rosenzweig has urged the Hong Kong authorities to listen to the “claims of millions of protesters and protect their right to peaceful assembly, in accordance with their national and international obligations.” “A fundamental first step would be to order an independent and effective investigation into police actions,” he said.

According to the organization, the rights to freedom of expression and association have been attacked since the protests of the Umbrella Movement in 2014 and since then, more than 100 people have been prosecuted for peaceful activism.

AI has stressed that police control tactics are “increasingly harsh” and that city authorities “have misused laws and regulations to harass and prosecute people and groups.”

In addition, AI has stated that several people he has interviewed have assured that they have become targets for both the Hong Kong and Beijing authorities due to their peaceful activism in favor of Human Rights and democracy.

“For the millions of people who took to the streets of Hong Kong this summer, the extradition bill is just the tip of the iceberg regarding Beijing's attack on their human rights,” said Rosenzweig.

“The authorities have to show that they are willing to protect Human Rights in Hong Kong, even if that means rejecting the 'red line' of Beijing,” he said.