Richard Choi Yiu-cheong, Vice President of the Hong Kong Alliance, has said that he will be attending the the United Nations Committee Against Torture hearing next week in order speak about human rights violations in China.

The meeting will be held in Geneva from November 17 to 18. Choi said that he will be speaking at the session allocated for NGOs, and that he will mention issues such as the Tiananmen Massacre of June 4 1989, the suppression of organisations like the Tiananmen Mothers, the imprisonment of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, and the crackdown on human rights lawyers and dissidents.

Choi. File

“As you may know, the main focus of the Hong Kong Alliance is on the recognition of June Fourth… we’ll be asking the committee to continue pressuring China on this. There’ll also be other matters, such as the imprisonment of those who took part in the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the incident last year. One of them is lawyer Pu Zhiqiang…” Choi said. “It’s been over a year and a half, and the case still has not been heard in court.”

The candlelight vigil in Victoria Park in 2014. Photo: HKFP.

Choi said that he will urge the committee to ask China to allow international organisations to investigate and monitor the situation.

Ken Tsang, an activist who was allegedly assaulted by police during last year’s pro-democracy protests, also said Wednesday that he would present his case at the hearing.

Ken Tsang. Photo: Stand News.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China hosts yearly candlelight vigils at Victoria Park in Hong Kong to mourn the victims of the Tiananmen massacre, in which countless students and protesters calling for reform were killed and injured by the Chinese government. To this day, the PRC government has not apologised for its actions and terms relating to the massacre are heavily censored online.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.