Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Tanya Chan

On September 16, 2019, pro-democracy Hong Kong legislator Tanya Chan called on the top human rights body to investigate the “brutal crackdowns and preemptive violence” by police. Her speech urging High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to establish a commission of inquiry has been reported across the globe.

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Top Media Mentions on Tanya Chan’s United Nations Speech

Reuters: “Tanya Chan addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva as Hong Kong’s businesses and metro stations reopened as usual on Monday after a chaotic Sunday when police fired water cannon tear gas and rubber bullets at protestors who blocked roads and threw petrol bombs outside government headquarters.”

Associated Press: “In Geneva, Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan urged the U.N. Human Rights Council to probe alleged police brutality against protestors. Chan said police who have called protestors cockroach’s, were carrying out ‘test control to curb free speech.’”

Radio Television Hong Kong: “[Chan] was invited by the non-governmental organization UN Watch to take its allotted spot and briefly address the council after more than three months of huge, sometimes violent rallies calling for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability.”

Bloomberg: “On the 100th day of the #HongKongProtests, lawmaker Tanya Chan appealed to the UN to probe ‘brutal crackdowns and preemptive violence’ by police.”

CNA: “Chan stressed the need to put an international spotlight on Hong Kong, especially in the run-up to the Oct. 1 celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.”

La Liberte: In front of UN member states, the parliamentarian, recently sentenced to eight months in prison, asked High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to support this call for an investigative mechanism. She condemned ‘brutal repressive measures’ by the police.” 

New York Post: Providing yet more evidence that it’s an utter travesty, the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday chastised a Hong Kong lawmaker for calling out the truth.”

PBS Newshour: “After another weekend of protests that saw some in the crowds throwing bricks and firebombs…a pro-democracy legislator from Hong Kong appealed to the U.N. human rights body to investigate.”



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