Editor's note: In the next few threads we're going to publish our translated version of the "Kong Girls law students" series. The Kong Girls are two female law students who drafted a complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Council against the HKSAR and the Hong Kong Police Force. They will explain more in this series. Read on
Kong Girls law students - Part 1
[URGENT] 831, I accompanied a German journalist to interview frontliners. I'm pretty emotional right now. Local girls are seeking help to locate a missing person. HELP!!/【緊急】831，我同德國記者去左訪問前線，好多感觸。求求大家幫手，港女尋人!!! URGENT!!!!
(Kong Girl A note: 831, I accompanied a German journalist to interview frontliners. I was a little emotional hearing their stories. What can I do for the frontliners, for all the gallants persecuted by the ruling party and police, as well as people in Hong Kong?)
We are two Hong Kong female law students. We didn't receive order from anyone. We are not courageous enough to be at the front. We have nothing except two pairs of hands, two mouths, and two brains with some legal training. But we are as angry as everybody else. Both our research and our gut feeling told us that the police are acting illegally; meaning that there must be ways to hold them accountable for what they've done.
Considering the current situation in Hong Kong, the loophole in Hong Kong's legal system, and the fact that some people have been pursuing legal actions locally, we decided to submit formal complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Council against the HKSAR and the Hong Kong police force. (Complaint form: [please add link])
We understand that it's not easy to build our case. Other than drafting a petition with our legal knowledge supported by extensive research, we need all victims to sign this petition to make a stronger case.
Victims refer to passer-bys who were not involved in the protest, residents at communities affected, first aiders, journalists, protesters or even brothers and sisters who had been arrested or charged. If you can spend some time to read the form, you will see that we request the UNHRC to keep all victims' identities confidential. The identities of the two of us will also be concealed and addressed as the "authors" of this petition. We will apply all we know to file the complaint on behalf of all of our brothers and sisters in this movement.
The complaint consists of 3 parts based on the following grounds:
1. Facts of the complaint and nature of the alleged violations
1.1 Excessive and unlawful use of "less than lethal" weapons
1.2 Police assault citizens and arrested persons occasioning actual/grievous bodily harm
1.3 torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
1.4 arbitrary arrest and detention
1.5 violation of freedom of assembly
Hong Kong is covered by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and is obliged to observe the jurisdiction of this treaty. But the current situation in Hong Kong showed violations of the governing articles, including but not limited to Art. 7, Art. 9, Art. 10, Art. 19 and Art. 21.