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First Aiders are targeted by HK Police! 急救人員是香港警方的目標!

Updated: Apr 19, 2020


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The right to life is a fundamental human right!


Everyone's right to life, which is proclaimed in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), is related to human dignity.


Hong Kong (HK) Government and HK Police have created a humanitarian crisis by their policies of targeting First Aiders who are providing medical assistance to all persons in need including protesters, residents, Police, etc., and the practice of blocking access to immediate treatment. Examples of targeting includes:

  • 21 July 2019 at Yuen Long MTR station roughly 100 triad gang members armed with sticks and other weapons attacked and injured 45 people in the train station and the carriages. There is continuing suspicion that triads colluded with HK Police and the CCP in this incident.

  • 31 August 2019 at Prince Edwards MTR station Police went on a rampage indiscriminately beating residents, commuters and protesters. Some of the injured waited at least 2 hours before receiving medical attention. No CCTV footage has been released by the MTR management. The events that ensued at Prince Edwards MTR station disturbingly remain unknown and unexplained.


What are UN Humanitarian Principles?


All United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) activities are guided by the four humanitarian principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. These principles provide the foundations for humanitarian action. They are central to establishing and maintaining access to affected people, whether in a natural disaster or a complex emergency, such as armed conflict. Promoting and ensuring compliance with the principles are essential elements of effective humanitarian coordination.


Humanity

Human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found. The purpose of humanitarian action is to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings.


Neutrality

Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.


Impartiality

Humanitarian action must be carried out on the basis of need alone, giving priority to the most urgent cases of distress and making no distinctions on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinions.


Independence

Humanitarian action must be autonomous from the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actor may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.


We call on the HK Government and Police to abide by HK's UN obligations, international law, norms and practices and stop targeting First Aiders!


OUR THANKS TO ALL FIRST AIDERS, TO MEDICAL WORKERS AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS FOR YOUR HUMANITARIAN HELP!


Veby M.I.



UPDATE: 23 November 2019 RTHK reported


Arrest of medics 'unheard of in civilised countries'


A Hong Kong surgeon who says he was part of a medical team at Polytechnic University when violent clashes erupted on Sunday has accused the police of adopting strategies that were "unheard of in civilised countries".

In a letter to The Lancet medical journal, Darren Mann said the police action of arresting emergency medical volunteers has a chilling effect that could deter other would-be volunteers from offering their services.

"The arrest of these personnel is almost unheard of in civilised countries and is incompatible with the compact of humanitarianism," he wrote.

Mann said he left the campus on Sunday night, before police placed a cordon around the university.

"We subsequently learned that a group following us (comprising doctors, nurses and paramedics) had been arrested at the police cordon line after leaving the campus," he wrote.

Mann said he later saw a photograph showing at least 16 people in high-visibility vests and labelled as medical personnel being detained for rioting.

The letter also accused the police of misleading the public with a claim they had invited the Red Cross to intervene and help injured protesters on campus.

Mann said he called both Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres early on Monday morning to seek their help, as social media messages circulated about injured students unable to receive care.

He said police had said they had intelligence that some protesters were masquerading as doctors.

"This is doubtful since all doctors were in possession of their Medical Council of Hong Kong registration details and identity cards. At least five doctors are known to have been arrested and detained by police for more than 24 hours," he wrote.



References:

  1. First Aider seriously injured 2 November 2019 during Police tear gas firing

  2. Fireman confronts Police who shot a tear gas shell at his fire truck! Officially there was no problem - the video speaks for itself! This is why we need Press Freedoms!

  3. Underground clinic supports injured protesters because of the real danger of Police arrests in public funded Hospital Authority


Related blog by Dr Darren Mann Hong Kong’s Dehumanitarianism – an urgent appeal for international mediation



急救人員是香港警方的目標!


生命權是一項基本人權!


《世界人權宣言》和《公民權利和政治權利國際公約》都宣布了所有人的生命權,這權力與人的尊嚴有關。


香港(HK)政府和香港警察制定了針對急救人員的政策,造成了人道主義危機,這些急救人員為所有需要幫助的人(包括抗議者,居民,警察等)提供醫療救助,並禁止立即獲得治療。針對示例包括:


  • 2019年7月21日,在元朗港鐵站,約有100名三合會幫派成員手持棍棒和其他武器,在火車站和車廂內襲擊和傷害了45人。持續懷疑組織犯罪在這次事件中與香港警方和中共串通。

  • 2019年8月31日,在太子港鐵站,警察肆無忌地毆打居民,通勤者和抗議者。一些受傷者至少等待了2個小時才得到醫療救助。地鐵管理層尚未發布閉路電視錄像。令人不安的是,太子港鐵站發生的事件仍然未知和無法解釋。


什麼是聯合國人道主義原則?


聯合國人道主義事務協調廳(人道協調廳)的所有活動均遵循四項人道主義原則:人道,中立,公正和獨立。這些原則為人道主義行動奠定了基礎。無論是在自然災害還是在復雜的緊急情況(例如武裝衝突)中,它們都是建立和維持與受影響人群接觸的關鍵。促進和確保遵守這些原則是有效的人道主義協調的基本要素。


人性

無論在何處發現,都必須解決人類的苦難。人道主義行動的目的是保護生命和健康並確保對人類的尊重。


中立性

人道主義行為者不得站在敵對行動中或參與具有政治,種族,宗教或意識形態性質的爭論。


公正

人道主義行動必須僅在需要的基礎上進行,優先處理最緊急的困境,不因國籍,種族,性別,宗教信仰,階級或政治見解而有所區別。


獨立

人道主義行動必須獨立於任何行為者在實施人道主義行動方面可能擁有的政治,經濟,軍事或其他目標。


我們呼籲香港政府和警察遵守香港的聯合國義務,國際法,規範和慣例,並停止針對急救人員!


感謝您的所有急救人員,醫務工作者和其他第一反應者對您的人道主義幫助!


Veby M.I.



UPDATE: 23 November 2019 RTHK reported



逮捕醫務人員‘在文明國家聞所未聞’


一位香港外科醫生說,週日爆發暴力衝突時,他是理工大學醫療隊的一員,指控警察採取了“文明國家聞所未聞”的​​策略。


達倫·曼(Darren Mann)在致《The Lancet》醫學期刊的信中說,警方逮捕緊急醫療志願者的行動具有令人生畏的效果,可能會阻止其他可能的志願者提供服務。


他寫道:“這些人員的逮捕在文明國家中幾乎是聞所未聞的,而且與人道主義協定不符。”


曼恩說,他是在周日晚上離開校園的,當時警察在大學周圍設置了警戒線。


他寫道:“我們隨後得知跟隨我們的一群人(包括醫生,護士和護理人員)在離開校園後已在警戒線被捕。”


曼恩說,他後來看到一張照片,顯示至少有16人身著高清晰的背心,並被標記為因騷亂而被拘留的醫務人員。


這封信還指控警察誤導公眾,聲稱他們邀請紅十字會干預並幫助校園中受傷的抗議者。


曼恩說,由於社交媒體消息傳出有關受傷學生無法獲得治療的消息,他週一星期一清晨致電紅十字會和無國界醫生組織尋求幫助。


他說,警察曾說他們有情報,一些抗議者偽裝成醫生。


他寫道:“這令人懷疑,因為所有醫生都擁有香港醫務委員會的登記資料和身份證。眾所周知,至少有五名醫生被警察逮捕並拘留了超過24小時。”








Volunteer medical workers gathered up supplies as they got ready to leave Polytechnic University on Tuesday. File photo: AP

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