Three family members of the jailed Hong Kong youths have arrived in Shenzhen on Sunday morning hoping to visit their loved ones after completing 14 days of mandatory quarantine.
Former pro-democracy lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick, who’s been assisting the families, said the relatives have very little information about the detainees, such as where they’re currently serving their sentences.
He urged the Hong Kong government to assist.
"At least, they can help the relatives to clarify the rather complicated requirements of different detention centers, especially in this pandemic period when they have special rules or days for visits. It is very difficult for the relatives themselves to access the information or get answers from the detention centres themselves. So I think information is the priority," he said.
In response, the Security Bureau said it will not help the families make such arrangements, or accompany them on visits – in line with past practice.
But officials stressed they'll try and find out more information about the matter and pass it on to the relatives.
The families have repeatedly criticised the Security Bureau in the past, accusing it of doing nothing to help the detained Hongkongers, including guaranteeing their right to appoint lawyers or to an open trial.
The government had repeatedly refused to intervene in the high-profile case, saying it will “not interfere with law enforcement and judicial work in other jurisdictions”.
Ten of the detainees were last week sentenced to between seven months and three years in jail for crossing into mainland waters while apparently trying to flee to Taiwan in August.
The remaining two detainees, who were minors, were sent back to Hong Kong.
All of them either face protest-related charges in the SAR or had been arrested on suspicion of violating the national security law.
Last updated: 2020-01-03 HKT 14:04
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