UNHR urges Hong Kong to act in restraint, probe excessive action against anti-extradition bill protesters: HC Michelle Bachelet

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Geneva, August 13: United Nations Human Rights (UNHR) high commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged Hong Kong government to exercise maximum restraint and probe shreds of evidence of its police forces firing tear gas at dissenters in ways banned by global law.

In an official statement, Bachelet said, “Officials can be seen firing tear gas canisters into crowded, enclosed areas and directly at individual protesters on multiple occasions, creating a considerable risk of death or serious injury.”

Her office “urges the Hong Kong authorities to act with restraint, to ensure that the rights of those who are expressing their views peacefully are respected and protected, while ensuring that the response by law enforcement officials to any violence that may take place is proportionate,” she said.

Her spokesperson Rupert Colville admitted security forces in Hong Kong were in a difficult position, sometimes. Colville said, “We are not saying it is easy, but nevertheless they have to avoid excesses, otherwise they can just make the situation worse … You risk really a vicious circle of rising violence and tension.”

Hong Kong pioneer Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the city’s recuperation from challenges that have cleared the Asian budgetary center could take quite a while and that she would be in charge of reconstructing its economy “after the violence eases”.

Her remarks pursued genuine advancements in the developing emergency regarding the previous week, according to Reuters news reports.

Beijing has said on Monday the challenges had started to indicate “sprouts of terrorism”, and the city’s air terminal was shut in an exceptional move that constrained several flight retractions.

She said brutality by dissenters had plunged Hong Kong into “a state of panic and chaos”.

The inexorably brutal exhibitions have dove the Chinese-ruled domain into its most genuine emergency in decades, showing Chinese leader Xi Jinping with perhaps the greatest test since he came to control in 2012.

Hong Kong’s international airport attempted to revive on Tuesday with in excess of 300 flights dropped, a day after a mass protest – against a controversial extradition bill, brought the air transport center to a halt.

On Tuesday morning, stranded travelers were seen arranging to get their deferred flights, as air terminal specialists declared that it will actualize rescheduling while at the same time censuring demonstrators for the interruption at one of the world’s busiest airplane terminals, Al-Jazeera reported.

All flights in and out of the Hong Kong international airport were suspended by the city’s authorities on Monday due to the pro-democracy sit-in protest at its terminal against a controversial extradition bill that would allow suspects in the territory to be sent to mainland China for court prosecution.


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