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HONG KONG HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR

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4/F Kam Tak Building, 20 Mercer Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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Mr. Ambrose S K Lee,

Secretary for Security,

Hong Kong SAR Government,

6th floor, Main and East Wings,

Central Government Offices

Central, Hong Kong SAR

Fax: 2868 5074.

 

6 May 2004

 

Dear Mr. Lee,

 

Action required to discourage politically motivated threats and assaults

 

The Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor wishes to draw to your attention the growing number of politically motivated threats and assaults involving pro-democracy political figures in Hong Kong

 

Recently the host of current affairs program Wong Yuk-Man received a fax during his programme reminding him of the “extermination by patriotic forces” of Lam Bun (a radio worker critical of the riots in 1967 who was burnt to death for his political speech on air).

 

The office of another program host Albert Cheng has recently been sprayed with paint.  Cheng was seriously wounded in 1998 but so far no one has been brought to justice.

 

Four days ago a man followed Szeto Wah, Democratic Party Legislative Councillor and head of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, while Szeto was on his way to the Legislative Council with two friends and abused him verbally.  After Szeto Wah left them, the man went as far as pushing and assaulting the two friends.

 

Some time ago Legislative Councillor Emily Lau, Convener of the pro-democracy political group the Frontier, had excrement repeatedly thrown at her constituent office. 

 

Also to be recalled are the many incidents when pro-democracy speakers have been verbally abused, and even physically threatened, after their attendance of the City Forum organised by Radio Television Hong Kong.

 

These incidents and recent developments have alarmed at least a section of the public that a tide of violence against pro-democracy figures .

 

Human Rights Monitor believes that these worries are not unfounded and have to be properly addressed.

 

Human Rights Monitor is concerned that in spite of this situation, the most senior Hong Kong authorities, such as the Chief Executive, the Chief Secretary, the Secretary for Security and the Police Commissioner, have so far not put out any statement to make it clear that any violence against political figures and commentators is completely unacceptable regardless of the views of the individual concerned.

 

We believe that the Hong Kong SAR Government has a particular obligation to stamp out by all means this growing trend of politically directed violence, in view of its own central role in the current political controversies.

 

If the SAR Government does not take effective steps to discourage such violence by strong and unequivocal public condemnation, it will bear responsibility in future, alongside those who commit violent acts of the same kind or worse.

 

Public life in Hong Kong has for many years been peaceful and risk-free. However, as recent examples in Sweden and the Netherlands show, such a situation cannot be taken for granted.  We therefore believe that it is important that the highest authorities speak out and emphasize that political violence is alien to the Hong Kong way of life and will not be tolerated.

 

We would be obliged if you could inform us what specific measures will be taken by the SAR Government, especially the Security Bureau and the Police Force to stamp out political violence, in the light of the matters set out in this letter.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

[Signed]

 

Law Yuk Kai

Director

 

 

c.c.

Chief Executive Mr. Tung Chee-hwa (2509 0577)

Chief Secretary for Administration Mr. Donald Tsang (2524 5695)

Police Commissioner Mr. Dick Lee (2865 6546)

Police Public Relations Branch, Chief Superintendent, Mr. Ma Wai Luk (2866 0824)

Legislative Councillor Ms. Emily Lau (2332 1893)

Legislative Councillor Mr. Szeto Wah (2384 0415)

Programme host Mr. Wong Yuk-man (2338 0021)

Programme host Mr. Albert Cheng (c/o Commercial Radio) (2338 0021)