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Hong Kong: High Court ruling against protest police is a small step towards justice

19 Nov

Hong Kong: High Court ruling against protest police is a small step towards justice

Responding to Hong Kong High Court ruled that the police’s failure to display unique identification during their operations in the city’s 2019 protests is a violation of Hong Kong Bill of Rights, Amnesty International Hong Kong said:

“This is a small step towards securing truth and justice over the widespread human rights violations which occurred during the 2019 Hong Kong protests.

“The Hong Kong authorities must ensure that regulations and orders governing the use of force are in line with international law and standards, taking due account of the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms for Law Enforcement Officials.

“Today’s High Court decision reveals that the mechanism for investigating police misconduct is inadequate. This is an important reminder for the Hong Kong government that it should conduct an independent investigation into the excessive use of police force in the protests without delay. 

“An independent investigation into police violence during the Hong Kong protests is essential to ensuring full accountability over the police’s actions. It is also a crucial step towards resolving social tension and rebuilding public trust in Hong Kong.”


Background

The Hong Kong High Court on Thursday (19 Nov) granted a judicial review application regarding the Hong Kong Police operations in the city’s 2019 protests.

The Court declared that the failure of the Police Commissioner to establish and maintain an effective system to ensure that every police officer carrying out non-covert duties displayed their identification violated Article 3 of the Hong Kong Bill of Rights.

The Court also described the current police complaints system as “inadequate”.

Amnesty International documented the Hong Kong Police Force using excessive force when policing the 2019 protests and gathered evidence of torture and other ill-treatment in detentionIn the briefing “Hong Kong: Missing Truth, Missing Justice”, Amnesty set out an international legal framework for establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate the widespread human rights violations related to the 2019 protests and made recommendations regarding the establishment of such a commission 

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