What is an APPG inquiry?
All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, in order to discuss and take action on topics and countries of interest.
APPGs may undertake inquiries on particular areas of interest in order to collect evidence for the purposes of answering their designed question. Their conclusive inquiry is often used to advise government.
About the APPG on Hong Kong
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hong Kong was formed in November 2019, and re-launched in January 2020. Its purpose is "to promote democracy and the rule of law, and to defend human rights in Hong Kong, to share information about Hong Kong, and to nurture relations between the United Kingdom and the people of Hong Kong".
The APPG on Hong Kong was formed in response to the recent spike in the acute political and social crisis in Hong Kong, which has unfolded between the Hong Kong Police Force and civilians. Since April 2019, over 4,500 people have been arrested, 750 of whom are children.
This inquiry reflects the unique relationship that the United Kingdom holds with Hong Kong. Having signed the British-Sino Joint Declaration alongside the People's Republic of China, the UK has a legal, historical and moral duty to ensure the city retains its legislative and political freedoms from mainland China and that its people are safe.
In January 2020, the APPG on Hong Kong decided to undertake a full international inquiry into possible human rights abuses of humanitarian and medical workers and symbols in Hong Kong since the start of the 2019 protests. It invites individuals and organisations from Hong Kong and international organisations to submit evidence to the inquiry team, as well as a group of international lawyers and human rights experts, led by the APPG, to curate, analyse, and evaluate the evidence of the inquiry.
Scope of the inquiry:
The scope of the inquiry is as follows:
"Policing the protests in Hong Kong: have the actions of the Hong Kong Police Force in relation to providers of a. humanitarian aid and b. equipment associated with the provision of such aid, breached international human rights law?"
Please find our list of additional questions and instructions to submit evidence here.
How will your information be used and GDPR:
The administration of this inquiry is being undertaken on behalf of the APPG on Hong Kong by The Whitehouse Consultancy, registered with the Information Commissioner's Office. Whitehouse will only use your information for the purpose of this APPG inquiry. We will not share your data with any external organisation and can assure you that your information is encrypted and secure. If you decide to send evidence with us via email, please be aware that our email system is also encrypted and that we have taken necessary steps to ensure it is secure.
We consider that, under the GDPR, the lawful basis for processing your data is that we are engaged in a public task. Specifically, processing this data is necessary for Parliamentary functions, in this case, undertaking an APPG inquiry. The operation of the GDPR in relation to data collected and processed pursuant to Parliamentary functions is modified by the Data Protection Act 2018. Details about the lawful basis for processing personal data can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website here.
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the supervisory authority, about our collection and use of your personal data. They can be contacted at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or www.ico.org.uk. Further details about your rights and the complaints process can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website here.