UN rights council to hear the 'other side'

Top News | Jane Cheung 9 Sep 2019

Protesters do not represent the whole Hong Kong population and they have breached the human rights of law enforcers and citizens, says Pansy Ho Chiu-king, the head of a local women's group, ahead of speaking at a United Nations meeting.

Ho, daughter of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, said Hong Kong people respect China's sovereignty over the SAR as they are ethnically, culturally and socially Chinese.

Ho will defend the government's handling of protests at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva tomorrow.

Also addressing the council is businesswoman Annie Wu Suk-ching, daughter of catering group Maxim's founder James Tak Wu. She will speak on behalf of the Hong Kong Federation of Women to offer a "fact-based perspective" of recent happenings.

Ho has submitted a written statement to the council in which she said the views of a small group of radical protesters do not represent the views of all 7.5 million Hongkongers.

"The systematic and calculated violent acts of this group have never been condoned by all Hongkongers," she added.

Ho said protesters have spread misinformation, instigated disturbances, destroyed public property, intentionally caused harm to police and citizens and vilified police to create public hatred as "part of a grand scheme to undermine the government's authority to maintain social order."

She added: "These radical protesters carry out violent acts in the name of human rights, but are in fact violating the basic human rights of expression, safety and livelihood of other citizens who are neither part of this group nor share its radical views and tactics."

Ho said Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor proposed the fugitive law with an intention to seek justice for local woman Poon Hiu-wing, 20, who was allegedly murdered by her 19-year-old boyfriend Chan Tong-kai in Taiwan last year.

Lam withdrew the bill on Wednesday after nearly three months of unrest.

"Unfortunately, radical protesters hijacked the well-intended bill and used it to spread fear among Hongkongers," Ho said.

"These radical protesters continue to make a blanket statement about police brutality against protesters in the past two months through the use of tear gas and rubber bullets, without naming the circumstances under which these measures were used."

She defended the officers, whose job was to enforce the law and maintain order regardless of political and social opinion.

"The people of Hong Kong support the government's effort to stop the widespread violence and apprehend the violent protesters to maintain social order and protect the entire population," she said.

jane.cheung@singtaonewscorp.com

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