Date
24 July 2017
Ken Tsang (third from right) says the Department of Justice is intentionally delaying his assault complaint against seven police officers. Photos: SocREC, YouTube
Ken Tsang (third from right) says the Department of Justice is intentionally delaying his assault complaint against seven police officers. Photos: SocREC, YouTube

Democracy protester eyes UN help in assault complaint

A Hong Kong democracy protester is considering petitioning the United Nations for help in his complaint about police brutality during last year’s protests.

Ken Tsang said there has been little progress in his assault complaint against seven officers nearly a year after the alleged beating took place.

Tsang was joined by 10 members of Civil Human Rights Front  in a protest outside the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday to demand action.

He said the DOJ has yet to announce whether it will prosecute the policemen, calling the delay “ridiculous”.

If nothing is done about his case, Tsang said he may seek the help of the UN, according to Metro Daily.

In May, Secretary of Justice Rimsky Yuen said the DOJ had received a police report and that an independent barrister had been hired to review it.

Tsang accused the DOJ of intentionally delaying the case, using the need for legal opinions as an excuse.

Civil Human Rights Front said the police department’s refusal to disclose the officers’ personal information is making it difficult for Tsang to pursue any civil claims.

Tsang said he might attend a meeting of the UN Committee Against Torture in November.

Meanwhile, Tsang’s fellow Civic Party member, Tanya Chan, said she will submit evidence of police abuse during the protests when she attends a hearing of a UN human rights committee.

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