Target: Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of Hong Kong
Goal: Release peaceful protestors arrested during Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong
The authorities in Hong Kong must be reprimanded for the use of pepper spray and mass arrests during pro-democracy demonstrations in late September. The failure to uphold the basic human rights of these peaceful protesters goes against international human rights treaties to which Hong Kong is a party. Authorities in Hong Kong should immediately call off security forces and allow its citizens to express themselves freely and peacefully.
Organizers of the Occupy Central movement have continued their call for protestors to block the financial district in Hong Kong. Protestors are upset with Chinese interference in Hong Kong affairs. Many want to democratically select the city’s next head official rather than allow Beijing to handpick another government puppet that will not represent the people’s unique interests.
Governments must only disperse peaceful demonstrations as a last resort. If there is this much national unrest, the Hong Kong government and those pulling the strings in Beijing must listen to the citizens’ voices. Hong Kong is bound by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and must do all that it can to protect its citizens’ basic rights. Sign this petition and call for the immediate and unconditional release of all peaceful protestors.
Dear Chief Executive Chun-ying,
The recent arrests of peaceful protestors in the financial district of Hong Kong violate international human rights law. Protest is a right and a necessity, essential to changing destructive policies and making progress. Governments must only disperse peaceful demonstrations as a last resort, not to silence citizens. Hong Kong is bound by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and must do all that it can to protect its citizens’ basic rights.
I ask that you immediately and unconditionally release all peaceful protestors so that they may practice their human rights in demanding government representation of their interests. They deserve to express their preference for democracy, and as long as protestors are not destroying property, they should not be disrupted. I ask that you do all that you can to uphold international human rights laws in Hong Kong.
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