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Hong Kong’s Harassment of Pro-Democracy Activists’ Families Draws Strong US Condemnation, Demands Respect for Rights and Freedoms 

Hong Kong's Harassment of Pro-Democracy Activists' Families Draws Strong US Condemnation, Demands Respect for Rights and Freedoms  (Photo: Deshabimani)
Hong Kong's Harassment of Pro-Democracy Activists' Families Draws Strong US Condemnation, Demands Respect for Rights and Freedoms  (Photo: Deshabimani)

On Friday, the United States State Department delivered a forceful condemnation of what it characterized as Hong Kong’s harassment of pro-democracy activists’ families currently residing abroad.

One of the most alarming incidents involving Hong Kong's harassment of pro-democracy activists' families revolved around Nathan Law, an exiled pro-democracy advocate who has sought refuge in Britain and has been granted political asylum there. (Photo: The Edge Markets)

One of the most alarming incidents involving Hong Kong’s harassment of pro-democracy activists’ families revolved around Nathan Law, an exiled pro-democracy advocate who has sought refuge in Britain and has been granted political asylum there. (Photo: The Edge Markets)

US Condemns Hong Kong’s Harassment of Pro-Democracy Activists’ Families

The statement, articulated by spokesperson Matthew Miller, expressed deep concern over recent incidents targeting prominent activists such as Nathan Law, Joshua Wong, and Elmer Yuen.

According to CNN, family members and associates have reportedly been subjected to intrusive detentions and interrogations at the hands of Hong Kong’s law enforcement.

He went on to highlight the deliberate nature of Hong Kong’s harassment of pro-democracy activists’ families, asserting that it represents a flagrant attempt to suppress individuals who are merely exercising their fundamental human rights and freedoms.

Miller characterized these actions as yet another disheartening step in the gradual erosion of the cherished freedoms that once defined Hong Kong’s unique character.

Moreover, he accused Hong Kong’s harassment of pro-democracy activists’ families, labeling them as “transnational repression” aimed at intimidating and silencing activists residing overseas, with the ultimate aim of coercing their return to Hong Kong.

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Incidents of Hong Kong’s Harassment of Pro-Democracy Activists’ Families

One of the most alarming incidents involving Hong Kong’s harassment of pro-democracy activists’ families revolved around Nathan Law, an exiled pro-democracy advocate who has sought refuge in Britain and has been granted political asylum there.

In July, Hong Kong police conducted a search of Law’s family home in Hong Kong, apprehending his family members for questioning.

Authorities also issued hefty bounties amounting to HK$1 million for any information leading to the arrest of Law and other prominent activists living in self-imposed exile, who are wanted on charges related to national security.

Nathan Law had publicly severed ties with his family in Hong Kong upon his arrival in Britain. This personal decision seemed prescient in light of the events that unfolded when his parents and elder brother were apprehended on July 11.

They were reportedly interrogated about potential financial support provided to Law, a line of inquiry that further underlines the intimidating nature of the operation. Fortunately, all three individuals were eventually released, according to reports from RTHK, Hong Kong’s public broadcaster.

In response to inquiries, Hong Kong’s police force issued a statement acknowledging the involvement of its national security department in the investigation. However, they refrained from disclosing the identities of those taken in for questioning.

In their concluding remarks, the U.S. State Department called upon both the Hong Kong authorities and the Chinese government to uphold the rights and freedoms guaranteed to the people of Hong Kong by the Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

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