REPORT: Human rights group says Hong Kong police are torturing arrested protesters


An international human rights group investigation into the police response to protests in Hong Kong has uncovered multiple instances of what investigators say is excessive force and torture.

Amnesty International interviewed 21 protesters detained or arrested by Hong Kong police. Of those interviewed, 18 had to be hospitalized after their run-in with law enforcement. Three stayed hospitalized for at least five days.

The article goes on to state the following:

The 21 protesters interviewed by group is a small sample of the roughly 1,300 people arrested by Hong Kong police since demonstrations started in March over proposed laws that would extradite some criminals to China to face trial.

“The Hong Kong police’s heavy-handed crowd-control response on the streets has been livestreamed for the world to see. Much less visible is the plethora of police abuses against protesters that take place out of sight,” Amnesty International East Asia Director Nicholas Bequelin said.

“Hong Kong’s security forces have engaged in a disturbing pattern of reckless and illegal tactics against people during the protests,” Bequelin added. “This has included arbitrary arrests and retaliatory violence against arrested persons in custody, some of which has amounted to torture.”

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