Hong Kong’s Security Bureau Threatens Hong Kong Watch Founder

Hong Kong Watch, a UK-based watchdog, said that the Security Bureau of Hong Kong threatened its founder with prison and fines for allegedly breaching the city’s national security law. 

According to Hong Kong Watch, the National Security Department accused Hong Kong Watch of Collusion with foreign forces, warning of up to life imprisonment and a fine of HK$100,000, in a letter and subsequent email, addressed to Hong Kong Watch’s Chief Executive Benedict Rogers.

“Criminal investigation reveals that ‘Hong Kong Watch’ has been engaging in activities seriously interfering in the affairs of the HKSAR and jeopardizing national security of the People’s Republic of China,” the letter read.

A second letter, signed by Commissioner of Police Annette Cheng, warned Hong Kong Watch Chief Executive Benedict Rogers not to disclose details. 

“You are reminded to keep confidential any information pertaining to the case and not to make any disclosure that may prejudice investigation or other law enforcement action by the Hong Kong Police Force,” Cheng said.

However, Rogers refused to shut up and to shut down the organization as demanded by the authorities.

“We will not be silenced by an authoritarian security apparatus which, through a mixture of senseless brutality and ineptitude, has triggered rapid mass migration out of the city and shut down civil society,” Rogers said in a statement.

Meanwhile, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the action was unjustifiable.

“The unjustifiable action taken against the UK-based NGO HKW is clearly an attempt to silence those who stand up for human rights in HK,” Truss said.

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