Hong Kong activist, lawyer urges UNHRC to probe police brutality

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A Hong Kong legislator on Monday urges the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to set up a commission of inquiry into police brutality against pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.

Speaking at a UNHRC session, Tanya Chan describes the situation in the former British colony. "Hong Kong is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis as police brutality against supporters of the democratic movement escalates. Arrested protesters face physical abuse and humiliation by the police.”

Chan condemns Hong Kong police of abusing and humiliating activists, in particular, female protesters.

[Tanya Chan]: “A female protester openly spoke of an unnecessary and degrading strip search she went through. More sexual abuse cases remain unreported. … Use of force is excessive and discriminate. The police shot a beanbag round at a first aider and blinded one of her eyes.”

Chan speaks about Hong Kong police brutality and violence toward young pro-democracy activists. “The riot police attacked innocent subway passengers whom they claimed were rioters in disguise. … The police have fired more than 2,000 tear gas cans. The police call protesters cockroaches. Brutal crackdowns and preemptive violence against them are hence regarded as acceptable pest control to curb free speech. Today marks the 100th day of the movement but there is no sign the police will exercise restraint. ….”

She appeals to the Rights Council for support and questions: “Why is China sitting here, as a member of this Human Rights Council?"

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong medical workers on Monday join in the pro-democracy protests. Staffs at the Hong Kong Prince of Wales Hospital gather in the foyer of the hospital. They hold up signs, sing “Glory to Hong Kong” theme song, and chant "Five key demands, Not one less" to support the pro-democracy movement.

Speaking in Cantonese, a young doctor at Prince of Wales Hospital, identified only as Dr. Wong says, "I would like to express my discontent over the indiscriminate arrests by police." Protesters line along the hospital corridors, forming a human chain. Over 1,300 Hong Kongers have been arrested amid the growing face-offs between activists and police during the summer pro-democracy protests.

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