64/21 Hong Kong
To: Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah Secretary for Justice Cc: His Excellency Peiwu Cong Ambassador for the People's Republic of China
Dear Secretary Cheng:
I am an engineer writing to you from London, Canada. I am saddened to learn that 118 people have been arrested and 64 formally charged in relation to the National Security Law (NSL). I am concerned that the law is vaguely worded and broad, but the penalties are harsh.
I call on you to drop all charges and release all those who are prosecuted solely for peacefully exercising their rights. Please end the practice of bringing criminal charges against those who have simply exercised their right to freedom of expression.
Please review and amend all laws that, like the NSL, penalize the exercise of human rights. They should be amended to conform to international human rights law and standards.
I look forward to your reply on this urgent matter.
Sincerely, Shawn Nock