The deadline to submit evidence has passed.
In January 2020, the APPG on Hong Kong decided to undertake a full international inquiry into possible violations of human rights and humanitarian principles by the police, specifically in regards to its treatment of medical workers, 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.
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?"
Specifically, the APPG on Hong Kong invites evidence of the following:
In relation to humanitarian principles:
Did the police officers treat humanitarian aid workers humanely?
Were the actions of the police officers proportional to the threat posed by medical and humanitarian workers?
Did Hong Kong police officers make a distinction between those they considered ‘combatants’ and of a threat to public order and humanitarian aid workers?
Was the use of any force by the police officers necessary?
Did the actions of the Hong Kong police violate the spirit or letter of Article 11 of the Geneva Convention (Protocol II) which guarantees the protection and respect of medical units?
In relation to international human rights law:
Did the actions of the Hong Kong police in dealing with humanitarian aid workers infringe on any of the civil, political, economic, social, or cultural rights of Hongkongers as outlined in the international covenants and committed to in both Hong Kong Basic Law and the Joint Declaration?
Did the Hong Kong police violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Hong Kong’s own Bill of Rights when they arrested humanitarian aid workers?
Did the Hong Kong police violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Hong Kong’s own Bill of Rights by violating the rights of the humanitarian aid workers when they detained them arbitrarily?
Did Hong Kong police deny protesters and other Hongkongers vital medical treatment and in the process, did they violate the right of protesters to humane treatment?
In relation to the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law:
Do the actions of the Hong Kong Police Force constitute a breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration?
Please refer to our legal page for additional information on the laws specified above.
The deadline for submitting evidence is the 20th April 2020.
Protection of sources
Please be aware that the APPG does not have the means or capacity to ensure the safety of those who submit evidence to the inquiry. The sources of all evidence sent will remain confidential. The information collected will be stored on a secure mail address and encrypted device, to be accessed only by officers of the APPG and related persons.
Individuals who submit evidence may be asked whether they are willing to serve as an oral witness in a closed-door session within UK Parliament. This is an optional exercise for those selected and is not obligatory.
Submitted evidence will be collated and recorded in a final report, to be published publicly at the end of the inquiry. Names will be redacted unless it is deemed crucial to include in the final publication and consent is given to include such names.
Follow up information
Individuals and organisations are encouraged to provide further updates should their case develop.
「對付香港示威的警力：香港警察對 a. 人道支援人員；及 b. 提供支援工作相關器材的人員 所作的行動，是否已違反國際人權法例？」
To facilitate consideration of the alleged incidents of human rights abuses in the inquiry, interested parties are kindly requested to submit their evidence (in PDF, Word, Mov, MP4 or JPEG format) to the email address:
Evidence of incidents can also be submitted by postal mail to: 225 Whitehouse Consultancy, 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS.
The deadline for submitting written evidence is 20th April 2020.
Please note, we can only accept submissions in English. If you have any queries or problems with submitting in English, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your evidence in English.
Please state whether your evidence is being sent in a personal capacity or on behalf of a medical, health, human rights or other organisation.
You do not have to answer all of our questions outlined above. Please only answer the questions relevant to your evidence and clearly state the question your evidence relates to.
If you have any questions, contact us via the email address above or on 020 7463 0697.
證據亦可以郵寄方式提交至下述地址：225 Whitehouse Consultancy, 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS。
如有任何疑問，請以上列電郵聯絡我們或致電 +44 (0)20 7463 0697查詢。