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.”
🔴HKFP_Live Replay: #HongKong democrat Tanya Chan has spoken at the UN: “Why is China sitting here as a member of this Human Rights Council?” the lawmaker asked, as she appealed for a UN investigation into the city’s protest crackdown. https://t.co/xTFFQ9TiE5 pic.twitter.com/aU8mLpV0eH
— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) September 16, 2019
BREAKING: Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan will tomorrow address the 47-nation United Nations Human Rights Council, invited by UN Watch, to tell the world about the deteriorating human rights situation including police violence against pro-democracy protesters and journalists. pic.twitter.com/3Pm4KC3VWs
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) September 15, 2019
On the 100th day of the #HongKongProtests, lawmaker Tanya Chan appealed to the UN to probe “brutal crackdowns and preemptive violence” by police:
“Why is China sitting here, as a member of this Human Rights Council?” pic.twitter.com/VHDxvIA9m5
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) September 16, 2019
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 16, 2019
.@AFP: A Hong Kong lawmaker called on the UN to launch an international investigation into a police crackdown on pro-democracy protests, voicing alarm at escalating “brutality”.
She was invited by the non-governmental UN Watch to take its allotted spot.https://t.co/qK6Ow9t0ZE
— UN Watch (@UNWatch) September 16, 2019
I hope you had a nice day today.
My day @UN_HRC:
1. Asked why they honored Iran, Venezuela & founder of the Qaddafi Prize.
2. Asked Saudi, Algeria & PLO why they praised China for locking up 1 million Muslims.
3. Hosted pro-democracy Hong Kong MP who got rebuked by UNHRC. https://t.co/OMkpylJxJ3
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) September 16, 2019
.@civicpartyhk lawmaker #TanyaChan has urged the @UNHumanRights Council in Geneva to convene an urgent session to look into alleged #PoliceBrutality
against protesters.#HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/nvvk13Vsz9
— HKIBC News (@officialHKIBC) September 16, 2019