Amnesty International has announced that its two offices in Hong Kong will close by the end of the year, with its local chapter ceasing operations on Sunday.
According to the human rights organization, China’s law makes it “essentially impossible” for them to operate.
Amnesty International has had a presence in Hong Kong for over 40 years and now operates two offices there, focusing on the city and the region.
The regional office will close by the end of the year, while the local office will close by the end of October.
Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of Amnesty International Board, said that the decision was made with a “heavy heart.”
“This decision, made with a heavy heart, has been driven by Hong Kong’s national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government,” Bais said.
“Hong Kong has long been an ideal regional base for international civil society organizations, but the recent targeting of local human rights and trade union groups signals an intensification of the authorities’ campaign to rid the city of all dissenting voices. It is increasingly difficult for us to keep operating in such an unstable environment,” Bais added.
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