I am Man-Kei Tam -Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong. I work with a small but passionate team which fights for human rights in Hong Kong. We have sent an open letter to Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive in April and raised our concerns about the potential human rights violations in the Extradition Amendment Bill. We have been monitoring the protests closely since the start.
As a charity that wants to protect the world, what have you done in China to mediate between Hong Kong and China to ensure China would keep their promise?
Vibrant_tiger, Woodhill Primary School
“Protect the world” sounds big! But we do believe the rights of each and every human being should be respected and protected.
Amnesty International doesn’t mediate between governments. Our job is to make as much noise about human rights violations as possible, to put pressure on the people in power and make sure they don’t get away with hurting people.
We have been monitoring the Extradition Bill protests in Hong Kong since the start. We have recorded many human rights violations – this includes times where police have used excessive force and injured protesters. We have presented our findings to the police and the government, as well as journalists all over the world. This means the people in power in Hong Kong and China know they’re being watched.
If you work for amnesty international are you allowed to say to the Chinese government Hong-Kong has a right to be protected?
Joyful_bell, Woodhill Primary School
All countries, including China, should be adhering to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is the basis for all international human rights law, and Amnesty International calls on all governments to abide by it.
Human rights, including freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly, are also protected under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and put into Hong Kong’s mini-constitution the Basic Law. We don’t take a position on Hong Kong’s independence or status, but we do fight for the rights of the people of Hong Kong to be protected, by both the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities.
All countries, including China, should be adhering to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is the basis for all international human rights law, and Amnesty International calls on all governments to abide by it.Man-Kei Tam
Do the people of Hong Kong like and agree with their leader Carrie Lam?
Lovely_hippopotamus, Brompton Westbrook Primary School
That is a challenging question! It’s hard to give a Yes/No answer here, and you’d probably get different answers from different people. However, there are some numbers which might be helpful to look at. academics in Hong Kong recently conducted a poll for Carrie Lam. They asked people to rate their extent of support to Carrie Lam. With 0 indicating “absolutely not supportive” and 100 for “absolutely supportive”, Carrie Lam got 24.9.
Do you think that Britain should help, and do you think it might be getting too violent?
Entertaining_strawberry, Birchwood C of E Primary School
We believe everyone should stand up for human rights, and we call on governments to protect people’s human rights when they are under threat. For example, we have been calling on governments around the world to stop supplies of crowd control equipment to Hong Kong until they are sure they won’t be used to hurt people unnecessarily.
It would be hard to tell if the protests will get “too violent”. But one thing is certain –a good leader should listen to the people and respect their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.