Police probe Civil Human Rights Front

Local | 26 Apr 2021 10:10 pm

The police are demanding protest organizer Civil Human Rights Front to provide information about their income and expenditure, as well as rallies they organized over a suspected breach of Societies Ordinance.

Figo Chan Ho-wun, the convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, received the request in a letter by Societies Officer, while reporting at the police station. 

The letter was signed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Chan Yee-lai and a Societies Officer. 

The letter requested Civil Human Rights Front to provide reasons for not registering to the Societies Officer, and asked the group whether it belongs to exempted persons listed in the schedule of the Ordinance. Chan also asked if the website and Facebook page are managed by the group. 

The list goes on as police demanded the group to provide dates and venues of public parade and assembly since September in 2006, as well as all banks and account numbers they used for their income, expenditure or receiving funding. 

Chan also requested the group to state the purpose and reason for creating the petition “Stop Torture and Respect Human Rights” for the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, on December 9, 2020. 

In the letter Chan mentioned that Civil Human Rights Front registered as a society according to the Societies Ordinance on July 18, 2006, and the registration was approved. The group then cancelled the registration on September 11 in the same year. 

However according to the media and information on social media, it was understood that the group continued running as a society, which would be in violation of the Societies Ordinance. 

Chan also said in the letter that all information should be submitted on or before May 5. If the information provided is false, incorrect or incomplete, or no information is provided at all, the group could be liable for a HK$20,000 fine. 

Civil Human Rights Front only responded that they will seek legal advice on this matter. 

According to media report, the group which has organized parades during the anti-extradition bill protest is now investigated by the government. The group could be banned by the government if evidence showing the group once received funding from the National Endowment for Democracy of the U.S. is found. 

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