First Aiders are targeted by HK Police! 急救人員是香港警方的目標！
Updated: Apr 19, 2020
(Please scroll down for Chinese translation 繁体中文请往下滑).
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.
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.
Humanitarian actors must not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
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.
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!
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.
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
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。