Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined with Amnesty International
(Hong Kong) and the Asian Human Rights Commission
to express concerns about the detention of journalists and human rights defenders
who were observing protests in the region on July 1.
Kiri Choi, an intern journalist with
New Tang Dynasty Television, and David Cheung, a citizen journalist with Green
Radio, were detained by police on the night of July 1 after they took photos of
police escorting protestors from a demonstration earlier that day in Hong Kong. They told the IFJ they had disclosed their
identities to the police but were unable to produce their press cards when
questioned. They were arrested and detained at a police station in Aberdeen, Hong Kong for
more than 10 hours.
The July 12 joint statement also
protests the detention of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor Director Yuk Kai Law,
who was monitoring police behaviour at the demonstration a regular practice of
“Mr. Law and Ms Choi have done nothing inconsistent with the role as
impartial observers and reporters. They have not intervened nor obstructed
police actions,” the statement reads.
“The denial of access of human
rights observers to restricted areas as to thwart the purposes of human rights
and humanitarian law by restricting the free flow of information is totally
The statement urges the Hong Kong Police Force to cease
any attempt to obstruct human rights organisations from observing protests,
stop interfering with the press in their efforts to cover arrests at the scene
and strengthen training on international human rights standards on policing,
particularly for frontline police.
The IFJ fully endorses the
statement, which can be read here:Hong Kong Joint Statement
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