Submit written evidence

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:
 

  1. Did the police officers treat humanitarian aid workers humanely?

  2. Were the actions of the police officers proportional to the threat posed by medical and humanitarian workers?

  3. Did Hong Kong police officers make a distinction between those they considered ‘combatants’ and of a threat to public order and humanitarian aid workers?

  4. Was the use of any force by the police officers necessary?

  5. 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:

  1. 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? 

  2. 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?

  3. 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?

  4. 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:
 

  1. 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.

 提供書面證據:

二零二零年一月,英國國會跨黨派香港小組(「小組」)決定進行一項全面國際調查,研究有關自二零一九年香港示威運動以來,香港警察違反人權及人道主義準則的情況。小組將邀請來自香港的人士及組織,以及其他國際組織,向調查小組提交有關證據。小組另會邀請一眾國際律師及人權專家,共同整理、分析及評估是次調查所收到的證據。

​是次調查的範圍如下:
 

​​「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?」

具體而言,小組邀請任何人提供以下證據:
 

人道主義準則方面: 

  1. 香港警察是否有人道對待人道支援人員

  2. 香港警察的行動與醫護人員及人道支援人員所造成的威脅是否合乎比例?

  3. 香港警察有沒有區分出誰是他們眼中的「戰鬥人員」、誰是對公共秩序和人道支援工作者構成威脅的人?

  4. 香港警察是否有必要使用任何武力?

  5. 《日內瓦公約》(第二附加議定書)第十一章保證醫療單位必須獲得保護和尊重,香港警察的行動是否違反其條文和精神?

國際人權法方面:

  1. 香港警察在對待人道支援工作者時,有否侵犯任何國際公約所概述,並於《基本法》及《聯合聲明》所訂明,屬於香港人的公民、政治、經濟、社會或文化權利?

  2. 香港警察拘捕人道支援工作者時,是否違反《公民權利和政治權利公約》及《香港人權法案條例》?

  3. 香港警察任意拘留人道支援工作者,是否侵犯了他們的權利,並因此違反了《公民權利和政治權利公約》及《香港人權法案條例》?

  4. 香港警察有否拒絕讓示威者及其他香港人接受適當治療,而這個過程又是否違反了示威者接受人道對待的權利? 

《中英聯合聲明》及《基本法》方面: 

  1. 香港警察的行動是否違反《中英聯合聲明》?

如需更多關於以上法律條文的資訊,請參考我們的法律頁面
 

保護證據來源:

請注意小組並沒有方法或能力確保提供證據之人士的自身安全。所有證據的來源將會保密,而所收集的資料將被保存於保密的電郵信箱及受加密的裝置上,並只容許小組及相關人士查閱。

提供證據之人士或有機會受邀到英國國會的閉門會議中作口頭證供。受邀人士有權選擇出席與否。
 

所有收集到的證據將被整合及記錄在一份於調查結束時公開發行的最終報告書中。在報告書中,除非事先徵得同意並有必要披露姓名,所有名稱將被隱去。
 

資料跟進:

我們鼓勵提供證據的人士及組織在事情有新發展時繼續提供進一步的資訊。

Submission guidelines:

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@hkinquiry.org

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 appgevidence@hkinquiry.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.

Before submitting your evidence, please read our privacy policy available here.

提交證據的方法:

為便於調查侵犯人權的指控,謹請有意提交證據的人士將證據(格式須為PDF、Word、Mov、MP4或JPEG)提交至下述電郵地址:

 

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。

​提交書面證據的截止日期為二零二零年四月二十日。
 

請於提交證據時標明該證據是以個人名義或以醫療、保健、人權或其他組織名義提交。

您毋須回答上列所有問題。請清楚列明您所提交的證據與上述哪些問題有關,並提供相應的回答。
 

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。
 

Submitting your evidence

Please submit your evidence to evidence@hkinquiry.org

Please note, we can only accept submissions in English. If you have any queries or problems with submitting in English, please contact us at appgevidence@hkinquiry.org.

CONTACT 

ADDRESS

Hong Kong Inquiry

c/o The Whitehouse Consultancy Ltd

10 Polperro Mews,

London SE11 4TY

 

www.whitehouseconsulting.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7463 0690