The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has expressed concern over the ongoing events in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region HKSAR and the escalation of violence in recent days.
Speaking on behalf of spokesman, Robert Colville, at a press conference on Tuesday, Bachelet condemned all forms of violence or destruction of property, calling on all participants in the demonstrations to express their views peacefully.
The Chief Executive of the region is committed to engaging as widely as possible and listening to the complaints of the people of Hong Kong, calling on the Hong Kong authorities and people to engage in an open and inclusive dialogue aimed at resolving all issues peacefully, stressing that this is the only way to achieve political stability and public security through the establishment of channels for people to participate in public affairs and in decisions that affect their lives.
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“The UN Human Rights Office has reviewed credible evidence that law enforcement officials in Hong Kong use less lethal weapons, but in ways prohibited by international norms and standards, as officials were seen firing tear gas canisters at crowded and closed areas directly on the ground, demonstrators, creating a high risk of death or serious injury”,UN office said
It called on the HKSAR authorities to investigate these incidents immediately to ensure that security personnel comply with the rules of engagement, and also calls on the HKSAR authorities to exercise restraint to ensure respect and protection of the right of peacefully expressing their views, while ensuring that law enforcement officials respond to any violence accordingly. International standards on the use of force, including the principles of necessity and proportionality.