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Thursday, August 06, 2020, 00:00
HKSAR govt deplores report from group of UK lawmakers
By Wang Zhan
Thursday, August 06, 2020, 00:00 By Wang Zhan

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)government on Wednesday strongly deplored the report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hong Kong of the United Kingdom (UK) on August 4.

In a statement posted online on Wednesday evening, the HKSAR government said it opposed the biased comments in the report and that the APPG does not represent the UK parliament.

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It said the comments came from information provided allegedly by unnamed persons and that there is no actual evidence with regard to the reasons for imposing the so-called sanctions against Hong Kong. 

It added that matters relating to the HKSAR remain China's internal affair and no other state has the right to intervene under any pretext.

"Since the enactment of the National Security Law, some politicians from the UK have made it an issue, neglecting the fact that the UK has also put in place relevant legislation and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding its national security and sovereignty, for example, the Treason Felony Act, Official Secrets Act, Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, and Security Service Act,” an HKSAR government spokesman said.

It added that the comments came from information provided allegedly by unnamed persons and that there is no actual evidence with regard to the reasons for imposing the so-called sanctions against Hong Kong

“They ignore the serious unlawful acts of rioters in Hong Kong and even, under the pretext of the police's operations last year, indicated in a high-profile manner that certain measures or acts targeting Hong Kong would be adopted," he said.

"The HKSAR government strongly objects to such and urges other countries to stop all political manipulation and interference," he added.

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The Hong Kong Police is a professional law enforcement agency and it is their general practice to arrange for ambulancemen of the Fire Services Department to provide treatment to persons in need when it is safe to do so, the HKSAR government said.

If arrested persons are injured on the spot or during an arrest, police officers, who have professional training on first aid, provide immediate care or make arrangements to send them to the hospital, it added.

The HKSAR government said that, at some of the unlawful protests since June last year, the police encountered persons who had no professional training or qualification but were claiming to be first-aiders. 

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It added that the police had to be prudent in verifying the qualifications of these self-claimed "first-aiders".

The international community should also take an objective view on the events that happened in Hong Kong since the city was haunted by the ever-escalating violence between June last year and early this year, the HKSAR government said.

It added that the police have a set of stringent guidelines on the use of force that are consistent with the international human rights norms and standards.

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