Given that Chow Hang-tung had recently only called for people to engage in private commemorations of the Tiananmen Massacre, this should show everyone that banning the Vigil on the grounds of COVID was always a facade.…
The ICCPR applies to Hong Kong, and its application is even mentioned in the National Security Law.

Authorities should abide by their duty to respect human rights and release her.
Please se this piece in which I spell out the details on why suppressing the commemoration is not in line with human rights laws and standards.

(But in terms of human rights refereeing, it's really a very straightforward determination):…
On a personal level, I always found Chow Hang Tung to be a wonderful person.She was seemingly ubiquitous at civil society events in HK when I lived there (2007-21).

Unlike some in the city, she also cared deeply about human rights in China. Maybe that's why she's being targeted.
There is now a petition out for Chow Hang Tung:

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2 Jun
Yang Hengjun:

“The first six months, when I was in RSDL [residential surveillance at a designated location – a type of secret detention], was a really bad period. They tortured me.”… h/t @pjmooney
The torture details here fit a consistent pattern of systematised and methodical torture, as documented by NGOs for years and years.

(See the below piece by @CHRDnet for example):

Also, Yang Hengjun claims he is 100% innocent & wants any confessions he made as a result of torture to be excluded

But odds are not good. @amnesty looked at the extreme difficulty in excluding unlawfully obtained evidence in this report:

Art: @badiucao… Image
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20 Oct 20
As a Catholic who loves Francis and the encyclical #FratelliTutti, I couldn't agree more with @benedictrogers's piece below, & the sense of being "heartbroken".

There's also an added sense of irony with respect to the human rights crisis facing #Uyghurs…
To some extent, the encyclical was inspired by the Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, who together with Pope Francis declared:

“God has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and has called them to live together as brothers and sisters” (see paragraph 5).
Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb is the current Grand Imam of al-Azhar and former president of al-Azhar University

In 2017 Uyghurs studying at al-Azhar were forcibly returned

This was one of the first high profile actions in the crackdown under Chen Quanguo…
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