Protect the rights of people in Hong Kong
The people of Hong Kong have bravely resisted the proposed bill that could expose them to abuse from China, even in the face of a violent crackdown. Support the campaign to keep their rights
On 9 June, around a million Hong Kong people came out in protest against the government’s proposed amendments to two extradition laws.
If enacted, these amendments would expand extradition arrangements and would allow the handover of persons in the territory of Hong Kong to mainland China. It would extend the power of the mainland authorities to target critics, human rights defenders, journalists, NGO workers and anyone else in Hong Kong.
Mainland China’s justice system has a record of arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, serious violations of fair trial rights, enforced disappearances and various systems of incommunicado detention without trial.
Despite the outcry of public opposition to the amendment, the government refused to withdraw the bill.
On 12 June, tens of thousands of protesters took over streets around the city’s government headquarters. The peaceful protesters were met with violence. Police used excessive force including tear gas and pepper spray, and in some instances guns firing bean bags and rubber bullets. The government reported that there were 81 casualties related to the protest activities.
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The government has suspended the legislation exercise but the bill has not been withdrawn and could still be brought forward again at any moment. It’s crucial we keep up the pressure. Act now and demand that the Hong Kong government immediately withdraw the extradition law amendments and ensure the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.