Statement from Hong Kong Watch Following the Arrests of Cardinal Joseph Zen, along with the lawyer Margaret Ng, and three other Trustees of the Humanitarian Relief Fund.
Today’s arrests signal without a doubt that Beijing intends to intensify its crackdown on basic rights and freedoms in Hong Kong.
Today, the National Security Police arrested four trustees of the defunct 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, including barrister Margaret Ng, singer Denise Ho, Cardinal Joseph Zen, and academic scholar Hui Po-keung, for “collusion with foreign forces”.
The 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which funded legal aid to pro-democracy protestors throughout the 2019 pro-democracy movement, closed its operations in 2021.
Hui Po-keung, who is an academic scholar, was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport as he attempted to leave the city.
Commenting on the arrests, Benedict Rogers, Hong Kong Watch’s Chief Executive, said:
“We condemn the arrests of these activists whose supposed crime was funding legal aid for pro-democracy protestors back in 2019.
“Today’s arrests signal beyond a doubt that Beijing intends to intensify its crackdown on basic rights and freedoms in Hong Kong.
“We urge the international community to shine a light on this brutal crackdown and call for the immediate release of these activists.”
Lord Alton of Liverpool, a Patron of Hong Kong Watch, today tabled a question in Parliament about these acts and contacted the UK’s Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss. He said:
“Arresting a 90 year-old Cardinal, along with one of Hong Kong’s most internationally respected barristers, a popular singer and a prominent scholar takes the Chinese Communist Party regime and its proxies in Hong Kong to even lower depths of outrageous inhumanity in their repression of dissent in the city.
“The international community must speak swiftly and clearly in condemnation of these arrests, and must accompany rhetoric with action to signal that Beijing will no longer be allowed to act with impunity and get away with such egregious injustice without consequence.”
Hong Kong Watch’s US Patron and former US Ambassador-at-Large Sam Brownback has called for sanctions on China’s leadership. He said:
“This is horrible and truly unbelievable. The Chinese Communist Party has sunk to a new low. It is outrageous. China’s leadership should be sanctioned immediately for their wanton disregard of the rule of law and basic civil liberties.”
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