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At 09:45 on Monday our team of human rights observers deployed overnight outside #PolyU were arrested on suspicion of "participating in a riot." We believe they did nothing wrong and the arrests are in breach of Hong Kong's obligations under the ICCPR.

All are now released on bail and are fine except for being exhausted. At this time we are not commenting further due to the usual legal stuff. I'd like to thank all those who helped us over the last 24hrs. It's at times like this when friends and networks are most important.
“The role of journalists and other monitors engaged in observing, documenting and
reporting on assemblies is of special importance, and is protected under Article 21 [ICCPR] and its related rights. Journalists and observers may not be prohibited from recording assemblies..."
"...or from otherwise reporting on them, including on the actions of law enforcement officials. Their equipment may not be confiscated or damaged. Even if the assembly itself is declared unlawful and is dispersed, that does not terminate the right of monitors to cover it."
"Human rights defenders, journalists and monitors should not be harassed as a result of their attendance at demonstrations.”

Paragraph 34, p.5, “Human Rights Committee - General comment No. 37, Article 21 [ICCPR]: Right of Peaceful Assembly.”

#HongKongProtests #HumanRights
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