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Amnesty International shuts HK offices

2021-10-25 HKT 17:06
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  • Amnesty International says the national security law "has made it effectively impossible for human rights organisations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government.” File photo: Shutterstock
    Amnesty International says the national security law "has made it effectively impossible for human rights organisations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government.” File photo: Shutterstock
Amnesty International said on Monday it will close its two offices in Hong Kong by the end of the year, citing the national security law.

In a statement, Amnesty said its local membership section focusing on human rights education in Hong Kong will cease operations on October 31, while the regional office carrying out research, advocacy and campaigning work is due to close by the end of 2021.

Regional operations will be moved to the organisation’s other offices in the Asia-Pacific.

"This decision, made with a heavy heart, has been driven by Hong Kong’s national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organisations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government,” said Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of Amnesty’s International Board.

“The environment of repression and perpetual uncertainty created by the national security law makes it impossible to know what activities might lead to criminal sanctions."

In response, the Security Bureau said allegations that the national security law erodes freedom is inconsistent with facts, adding that the legislation stipulates that Hong Kong people's rights and freedoms will be protected.

It said enforcement actions are conducted based on evidence and the law, and have nothing to do with one's political stance or background.
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Last updated: 2021-10-25 HKT 20:31