On the eve of the third anniversary of the “PoliU siege” on November 17, the organization of Hong Kong exiles in the UK, Fight for Freedom and Stand with Hong Kong (FFSHK), proposed a punishment motion in the British Parliament against 16 Hong Kong police officers allied with the Chinese Communist Party.

FFSHK had earlier submitted its report to the British Foreign Office on the third anniversary of the crackdown on the anti-extradition movement at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The report, discussed in London, emphasized the names of Carrie Lam, former Hong Kong chief executive, over the shoulder of former Hong Kong police commissioner Lu Weicong, the city’s current chief executive, Liu Jianchao, and Secretary for Internal Security, Deng Bingqiang, etc.

This list was also extended to several high-ranking British police officers, including two deputy commissioners of the police force, Tao Hui, (aka Dover Rupert) and Zhuang Dingxian, (aka David Jordan), as well as police officer Li Weimin, suspected of complicity with Triad mafia bosses Yuen Long 721, You Naiqiang, and Li Hanmi.

The punishment motion proposes that the list include prosecutors guilty of repression in the future. The level of detail is such that it cites the full names, current residence, and date of birth of the kingpins, their assets, and properties.

This document contains 73 pages of photographs, files on the officials, and videos showing evidence of police brutality and human rights violations following the implementation of the National Security Law.

Li Xuanlang, a former Hong Kong district councilor now in exile, said, “This report details the atrocities and human rights violations committed by Hong Kong government officials. I hope it can speed up the progress of sanctions by governments of various countries. I also hope to take this opportunity to call on Hong Kong people everywhere to use their strengths. For example, we came to In the UK, we are voters and have the right to vote for MPs. We can contact MPs or local public opinion representatives to promote this report to them or show them the report so that they know that our Hong Kong community exists here. , and do something about it.” 

A protester who was only 17 years old at the time of the Hong Kong University of Technology (HKUT) riots in November 2019 said, “While the US has sanctioned Hong Kong officials, we believe the UK should also implement Magnitsky Act-style sanctions,” she added.

“I live the trauma caused by the police during the UTHK siege, at that time I was fighting the tear gas fired at the students, and today I live in exile in the UK with the nickname Venus,” the incognito woman explained at the press conference.

Another witness to the crackdown on the anti-extradition movement three years ago in Hong Kong commented: “The team has worked hard to ensure that the recommendations made in the report fully comply with British law, and praised the British government for providing Hong Kongers with a BNO (British National Overseas Passport) visa lifeboat scheme.

However, one man nicknamed Francis said, “This does not mean that the UK has fulfilled its responsibilities to the Hong Kong people, but it should emphasize sanctions on the repressors who committed human rights violations to hold them accountable.”

Following these claims, Venus and Francis recall that ten people were charged after the incidents at the University of Technology and pleaded before the British Parliament for seven of their compatriots who were sentenced to three years in prison to be released.

For this reason, the Hong Kong exile community asked Lord David Alton, a British parliamentarian, to implement something similar to the Magnitsky Act in Great Britain. What does the US Magniskist Act say?

In 2012, Bill Browder, an American financier who was represented in Russia by Magnitsky, a Russian anti-corruption lawyer who later died in prison after revealing the criminal network of several state-owned companies, won a law in the United States Congress to punish officials that violate human rights globally.

In fact, through the Magniskist Act, Washington has sanctioned 24 Chinese officials for human rights violations in Xianjiang, according to a report released by the U.S. Congressional-Executive Committee on China (CECC).

And it was in this regard that U.S. Attorney General Lam Ting-Kwok recommended that sanctions be extended to Hong Kong after the world watched helplessly as the United Kingdom failed to sanction human rights violators in Hong Kong following the crackdown on the anti-extradition movement.

This brings to mind Browder’s words that most governments are unwilling to take the initiative to implement the sanctions bill and must rely on external pressure to “embarrass the government so much that it has to act.”

Browder says the key is for governments of all countries to be willing to implement the Magnitsky Act.

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