Hong Kong’s authorities stood quick in its refusal to intervene with the arrest of 12 residents searching for to flee to Taiwan by sea, regardless of pleas from households for help, saying the crime falls below mainland Chinese jurisdiction.
- Last Updated: September 14, 2020, 9:12 AM IST
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HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s authorities stood quick in its refusal to intervene with the arrest of 12 residents searching for to flee to Taiwan by sea, regardless of pleas from households for help, saying the crime falls below mainland Chinese jurisdiction.
In an announcement late on Sunday, Hong Kong authorities mentioned that they had acquired requests for assist from the households of the residents who have been detained final month by mainland regulation enforcement for unlawful entry into mainland China after attempting to flee to Taiwan.
China on Sunday labelled the group as ‘separatists’.
“The relevant crime falls within the jurisdiction of the mainland and the special administrative region government respects and will not interfere with law enforcement actions,” Hong Kong’s authorities mentioned.
The group was suspected of committing “various criminal offences” in Hong Kong, it added, because it urged the households to utilize a free authorized session service being offered.
The feedback got here a day after kin of the detainees held a information convention in Hong Kong, demanding the pressing return of the 12 who have been intercepted by the Guangdong coast guard on Aug. 23 on a ship certain for Taiwan.
Donning masks and hats to protect their identities, households plead for these arrested to be allowed to seek the advice of attorneys appointed by them and never the Chinese authorities, and to be allowed to name kin in Hong Kong.
A boy aged 16 is the youngest being held and several other want remedy, kin mentioned.
The arrests took place two months after Beijing imposed a safety regulation on the Asian monetary hub following months of pro-democracy demonstrations.
Critics have mentioned the regulation has pushed the previous British colony onto a extra authoritarian path.
China’s international ministry mentioned on Sunday that the arrested individuals have been separatists, in response to its U.S. counterpart’s characterisation of the arrest as a deterioration of human rights.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus had tweeted the arrests have been “another example of the deterioration of human rights in Hong Kong”, and referred to as on mainland authorities to “ensure due process”.
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