Translator: Qiwang Mingtian Hui Genghao; Reviewer: Wencheng
Li Yuxuan, a member of the “Hong Kong Story” accused of violating the “National Security Law,” and other 12 Hong Kong residents were intercepted by the Chinese maritime police when they were suspected of absconding to Taiwan late last month. They have been detained in Shenzhen Yantian Detention Center for more than 20 days. Mainland lawyers entrusted by their families have repeatedly refused to meet the client’s request, and many lawyers were asked by the authorities to withdraw from representing the case.
This afternoon (12th), the families of the 12 Hong Kong people arrested by the Guangdong Coast Guard in the South China Sea held a press conference with legislators Zhu Kai Di and Tu Cheng Shen. They criticized that the detainees, including minors, have been held in secret detention by the Chinese authorities for 21 days and have not heard from them since the incident.
Therefore, the family members made four demands, including refusing the “government-appointed lawyer”, requesting the authorities to provide suitable medication to the detainees, requesting the authorities to allow the detainees to call their family members, and requesting the Hong Kong Government to ensure the rights of the 12 Hong Kong people right by bringing them back to Hong Kong immediately.
A mother of one of the arrestees complained tearfully at a press conference that her son has not been heard from and his fate is unknown.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement on Friday (September 12), stating that the United States is deeply concerned about the 12 Hong Kong democracy activists imprisoned in China’s Guangdong Province and questioned Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s commitment to protecting citizens’ rights and calling on authorities to ensure due process.