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Hong Kong Authorities Urged to Release Arrested Activists

English human rights
Wahyu Dwi Anggoro • 07 January 2021 17:35
Jakarta: The United Nations (UN) human rights office, OHCHR, have voiced over the arrests of of 53 individuals in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
On Wednesday, 53 political activists, academics, former legislators, current district councillors, and lawyers, were arrested in Hong Kong.
"We call for their immediate release," said OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell in a press release on Thursday.

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According to the spokesperson, these latest arrests indicate that the offence of subversion under the National Security Law is indeed being used to detain individuals for exercising legitimate rights to participate in political and public life.
"Yesterday’s arrests were the latest in a series of detentions related to the exercise of fundamental freedoms, including the right to peaceful assembly, in Hong Kong," the spokesperson stated.
OCHCR stressed that exercise of the right to take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly and through freely chosen representatives, is a fundamental right protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which is incorporated into Hong Kong’s Basic Law. 
"We call on the authorities to uphold their obligations under the ICCPR, and to refrain from using the National Security Law to suppress the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association," the official stated.
The UN agency also urged the authorities to guarantee the right to freedom of expression in the context of ongoing investigations, including by allowing journalists and news organisations to fully and freely exercise their legitimate functions.

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