HK legislator wants UN to probe ‘abuse’

GENEVA:A pro-democracy Hong Kong legislator called on the top UN human rights body on Monday to investigate what she said were “brutal crackdowns” and “police brutality” against demonstrators in the former British colony.

HK legislator wants UN to probe ‘abuse’

Protesters protect themselves with umbrellas as police fire tear gas shells near Central Government Complex, Hong Kong. Reuters

Geneva, September 16 

A pro-democracy Hong Kong legislator called on the top UN human rights body on Monday to investigate what she said were “brutal crackdowns” and “police brutality” against demonstrators in the former British colony.

Tanya Chan addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as Hong Kong’s businesses and metro stations reopened as usual on Monday after a chaotic Sunday when police fired water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who blocked roads and threw petrol bombs outside government headquarters.

“Today marks the 100th day of the movement, but there is no sign the police will exercise restraint. This is a result of the lack of democracy in Hong Kong, as the government is not held accountable for its endorsement of police abuse,” Chan said.— Reuters

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