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12 September 2020 — Hong Kong

On 23 August 2020, 12 Hong Kong people were arrested by the Guangdong Marine Police in the southeastern waters of Hong Kong. Through the Hong Kong Police Force, the family members of the arrestees received a copy of “Notification of Imposition of Criminal Compulsory Measures Taken against Hong Kong and Macao Residents”, informing them that the 12 Hong Kong residents were being detained at the Yantian District Detention Centre in Shenzhen.

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After receiving the notification, the family members engaged Chinese lawyers to meet the 12 Hong Kong residents at the Detention Centre through official channels. The Chinese authorities demand relatives to obtain Chinese notarial certificates before allowing meetings. So far, however, 6 lawyers appointed by the families have been denied access to the detainees, 2 of whom have already brought their Chinese notarial certificates.

The authorities even claimed that the detainees have “appointed” other lawyers, which in fact are “government-assigned lawyers”. This means that the authorities have blocked all information about the 12 Hong Kong people.

On the 21th day of the incident, the 12 Hong Kong people are held in incommunicado detention, one of whom is even underage. Their families have no news of them, and their own appointed lawyers are unable to see the detainees. The Hong Kong government has never provided any sort of concrete assistance.

Therefore, the families decide to summon up their courage and come forward to express 4 demands:

1. Reject the government-assigned lawyer(s) and urge the authorities to allow lawyers appointed by relatives to meet the detainees

2. Urge the authorities to arrange suitable medication to detainees in need

3. Urge the authorities to allow detainees to call their families

4. Demand the Hong Kong government to ensure that the rights of Hong Kong people are protected and for them to be transferred back to Hong Kong right now.The authorities even claimed that the detainees have “appointed” other lawyers, which in fact are “government-assigned lawyers”. This means that the authorities have blocked all information about the 12 Hong Kong people.

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