Hong Kong Policemen must be charged with assaulting a pregnant woman and a 12 year old girl
Updated: Oct 3, 2020
Please read our blogs Women in Deserve of Respect and Hong Kong Police have no credibility and Hundreds of Police quit force during protests and HK Police careers in tatters and HK Police Human Rights Failure and Ex-Cop Spills the beans and While U.S. tackles police brutality, Hong Kong is in denial.
We again call for an independent Commission of Inquiry of the HK police!
Hong Kong's (HK) Police are HK's current political crisis!
They are the tool used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in its attempt to crush the massive peaceful HK protests that started in June 2019 against the HK government's proposed extradition legislation.
The last HK political crisis was the 1976 mutiny of the HK police which was resolved by an independent inquiry and amnesty for the Police. One of the 2019 protesters' 5 demands is an independent inquiry into police, another is amnesty for protesters - what is good for the geese is also good for the gander!
As the world now knows, CCP and their minions - the HK government and police - have no regard for human life, dignity, the rule of law, human rights, children's rights, the rights of pregnant women, nor of anyone or anything else! CCP is a virus that creates viruses!
The bold-faced lies of HK government officials, in these instances Carrie Lam and Chris Tang, only proves why HK is in such a political crisis! Until CCP has gone there is no future for HK! The view of HK protesters is that the HK government is twisted with their tongues, their souls and in their logic.
These UN letters to China on HK protests make it very clear there are ongoing systemic flaws in the governance of the SAR: Mandates of the UN Special Rapporteur 28 June 2019 and Mandates of the UN special rapporteurs 29 January 2020 on HK Police tear gas, rights & freedoms and Mandates of the UN special rapporteurs 19 February 2020 on arrests of HK medics during protests and Mandates of the UN special rapporteurs on HK's National Security Law of 1 September 2020.
Knee on neck of an unarmed 12 year old girl. 12 June 2020. No police charged.
HK Policemen common assault upon a 12 year old girl on 6 September 2020 in Mongkok!
HKFP 7 September 2020. Video: Hong Kong police say ‘minimum force’ was used to tackle fleeing 12-year-old girl during pro-democracy demo
RTHK 8 September 2020. Not right to comment on police tactics: Carrie Lam
Apple Daily 1 October 2020. 12-year-old tackled by Hong Kong police to contest social distancing fine
In HK children comprise 30% of the 10,022 people arrested since June 2019 (please see below Apple Daily article on police chief's report to District Councillors). According to UN 2013 statistics children aged up to 18 years of age are approximately 15.3% of HK's population. Note: of those arrested only 22% were charged, making nearly 78% of arrests arbitrary and therefore illegal under ICCPR.
HK's UN obligations includes the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) articles (format added):
24.1 "States Parties recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services."
37 States Parties shall ensure that:
(a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age;
(b) No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time;
(c) Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age. In particular, every child deprived of liberty shall be separated from adults unless it is considered in the child's best interest not to do so and shall have the right to maintain contact with his or her family through correspondence and visits, save in exceptional circumstances;
(d) Every child deprived of his or her liberty shall have the right to prompt access to legal and other appropriate assistance, as well as the right to challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court or other competent, independent and impartial authority, and toa prompt decision on any such action."
Our conclusion: Childen are being targetted by HK police! Their arrests are most often arbitrary (roughly 80%) and designed primarily to scare and install fear! This amounts to police torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment!
HK policemen MUST be charged!
HK Police assault a heavily pregnant woman and beat her husband on 31 August 2020
Hong Kong's UN obligations includes the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) articles:
10.2 "Special protection should be accorded to mothers during a reasonable period before and after childbirth..."
12.1 "The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health."
The assault of a pregnant women has happened before:
HKFP 31 December 2019. Pregnant woman arrested in Tin Shui Wai sent to a hospital four hours after vomiting
12 November 2019 pregnant woman assaulted by policemen.
There is no need to challenge nor ask HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam, a woman and mother, to comment on police assault on pregnant women or young girls because she has already proven she has no IQ nor EQ - which is why CCP picked and are using her!
This amounts to police torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment!
HK policemen MUST be charged!
District councilors grill police chief on treatment of pregnant woman, 12-year-old at protests
Apple Daily 29 September 2020.
Hong Kong’s police commissioner has defended the police treatment of a pregnant woman and a 12-year-old child at earlier protests, rejecting accusations by district councilors that officers had used excessive force.
Commissioner of Police Chris Tang on Tuesday attended the Yau Tsim Mong District Council meeting to answer questions. Responding to allegations that police officers pushed a pregnant woman to the ground during an Aug. 31 protest, Tang said that the situation was “very dangerous and fluid,” and that officers had to protect public safety and maintain order using the "minimum level of force".
Someone at the scene shouted that there was a pregnant woman, Tang said, but argued that the location was noisy and “not everyone could hear what other people were saying.” The police had arranged special care for the pregnant woman after she “fell,” Tang said.
Officers then arranged for her arrested husband to visit her in hospital, before taking him to the police station, Tang added. He confirmed that the police had received a complaint over the incident.
At another protest on Sept. 6, officers tackled a 12-year-old girl to the ground in Mong Kok. Tang told the meeting that officers had a duty to stop and subdue her after she “acted suspiciously,” and used the minimum level of force. The police also made arrangements to “take care” of her after learning that she was 12 years old, he said.
Tang revealed that 10,022 people have been arrested in connection with the anti-government protests so far, with more than 3,000 of them being students. Prosecutions have been launched against 2,227 people and 89 have been jailed, Tang said. He added that the national security law enacted in late June had achieved a “deterrent effect,” with over 20 people arrested under the new law.
District councilors held a protest during Tang’s appearance, with some holding printouts of photos from the scene of protests. Others displayed the satirical slogan: “The Yau Tsim Mong District Council warmly welcomes the leader of Hong Kong’s largest armed group.”
Separately, Tang objected to the Yau Tsim Mong District Council passing a resolution to remove surveillance cameras from Sai Yeung Choi Street South, saying the move was “a disservice to residents and visitors.”
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Safety of women important to police: Chris Tang
RTHK 29 September 2020.
Police Commissioner Chris Tang on Tuesday defended the actions of his officers in two controversial actions involving women – a 12-year-old girl and a pregnant woman – during recent protests, saying they attach great importance to the safety and rights of women.
In his opening remarks to district councillors at a Yau Tsim Mong district council meeting, Tang said the incident involving the pregnant woman on August 31 happened because the scene was too noisy.
Police had used pepper spray on the pregnant woman and she fell to the ground when the officers tried to arrest her husband in Mong Kok. Police said that they did not realise she was pregnant until afterwards, and once they became aware of that an ambulance was called to the scene.
The incident had raised a lot of criticism about police action and Chief Executive Carrie Lam raised concern about the incident later.
Tang told district councillors that after reviewing some of the footage, he acknowledged that there were people yelling "there is a pregnant woman" at the scene.
But it was a noisy area because a lot of people were chanting different slogans in the area and not everyone could hear what was going on, the police chief said.
He said that after the pregnant woman fell, a female officer was sent to comfort her.
About the incident of the 12-year-old girl who was pinned down by police officers in Mong Kok on September 6, Tang said the girl suddenly ran away, and her "suspicious move" prompted the police to react and use the "minimum necessary force" to stop her.
Tang said that a female officer was arranged to look after her when they found out that she was just 12.
The police chief said the Complaints Against Police Office has received complaints about both incidents and that those were being looked into, but he provided no further details.
The duty of police is to maintain law and order and protect the safety of the public, even those taking part in an illegal assembly, he said.
They also attach great importance to protecting the safety and rights of pregnant women, children, and young people, the police chief said.
During the meeting, he also defended the force's decision to amend their policy on recognising journalists from registered outlets.
He said that footage from last year's protests saw hundreds of people dressed up as reporters blocking them from carrying out their duties, and that there have even been incidents of people dressed as press who were actually suspected of committing crimes.
Tang also said that there’s a need to cordon off the streets to help with enforcement action, and stop people from attacking officers.
He said the press is welcome to report on events as long as they don't obstruct police work or hurt members of the force.
Please consider carefully the substantial differences between the two articles above reporting on the same event. RTHK is a HK government department funded by the public purse or taxpayer and is now a CCP mouthpiece; Apple Daily is a private media business pro-democratic owned by Jimmy Lai. HK has CCP censureship! There is NO free press in HK!