UK Lawmakers Urge Sanctions on HK Officials Due to Excessive Police Force

August 12, 2020 Updated: August 12, 2020

A group of British lawmakers had urged the UK government to impose sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other senior officials for permitting the police to use excessive violence on pro-democracy protesters.

In a report that discussed the treatment of aid workers during the protests, the lawmakers said the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) had “breached international humanitarian law and principles, international human rights, and the Sino-British Joint Declaration.”

The report said that humanitarian aid workers were subjected to “intimidation, harassment, threats, physical violence, and arrests” during the protests that began last year in response to the introduction of extradition law. Even doctors and nurses “received treatment that fell short of international human rights law.”