UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — An international investigators committee selected by the Hong Kong local government to help investigate violent practices by the police, announced on Wednesday that it would abandon this mission, a blow to the pro-Beijing executive.
A month ago, these experts denounced in a statement police violence practices, but the statement was not officially published but was leaked to the media. They demanded that the investigation be entrusted to a completely independent of the police in order for the investigation to be reliable.
On Wednesday, these experts confirmed that their discussions with the Hong Kong Police Supervision Department on the matter since then had not progressed.
“Therefore, the group of independent experts decided to officially abandon the mission,” according to the statement.
In their statement, the experts reiterated their criticism of the Hong Kong Police Supervisory Authority, stressing, “We eventually concluded that serious gaps surround the investigative capabilities and capabilities independently of the Oversight Administration.”
A similar investigation has become the basic demand for the movement of democracy-seekers, who have been demonstrating for six months in this semi-autonomous Chinese city.
But the executive, run by Carrie Lam, rejects this demand.
In September a group of international investigators was formed, headed by Dennis O’Connor, a Canadian judge who specializes in law enforcement, along with other experts from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
In early December, Hong Kong Police Director of the Supervision Department Anthony Niu criticized the members of the Chinese Media Inquiry Committee, saying they “do not understand the situation in Hong Kong.”
In early 2020, international investigators were to publish an initial report on police performance during the demonstrations.
But critics assert that the Hong Kong Police Supervision Department does not have adequate investigative capabilities, and that it does not question the figures announced by the police, and is unable to hold security forces accountable.
This body is satisfied with studying the complaints submitted by the police itself, and it is not able to call witnesses, nor does it require a judge to obtain documents that were not submitted to him in advance.
According to the experts, these restrictions “do not allow it to meet the expectations of Hong Kong residents who probably need a police monitoring body operating in a society that values freedoms and rights.”
And the movement in Hong Kong, which started protesting against a bill allowing the deportation of wanted persons to China, entered its sixth month on Monday. Although the text was abolished, the protesters expanded their demands for more democracy.
Violence between the police and protesters has subsided in recent days, after the landslide victory for pro-democracy in local elections on November 24.
On Sunday, about 800,000 people demonstrated, according to the organizers (183,000, according to the police), without any significant problems, to protest against the Hong Kong authorities loyal to Beijing.
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