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1. The following are excerpts from a news report, dated 17 October 2019, under the headline "Amnesty urges Hong Kong to probe bloody attack on pro-democracy leader".|
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Rights group Amnesty International has urged Hong Kong authorities to urgently investigate a bloody attack on the leader of one of the biggest pro-democracy groups in the Chinese-ruled city, ahead of a march planned for the weekend.
It was the second such attack on Jimmy Sham, head of the Civil Human Rights Front, since protests escalated in the Asian financial hub in mid-June and which, photographs on social media showed, left him in a pool of blood on the street.
"The authorities must promptly conduct an investigation into this horrifying attack...send a clear message that targeting activists will have consequences," said Joshua Rosenzweig, head of Amnesty’s East Asia regional office.
"Anything less would send a chilling signal that such attacks are tolerated by the authorities," Rosenzweig said in a statement on Wednesday.
As many as five masked men wearing black and believed to be of non-Chinese origin had attacked Sham with hammers and knives for more than 10 seconds in the gritty Mong Kok district on the Kowloon peninsula, police said late on Wednesday.
Police strongly condemned what they called a planned attack and vowed to investigate. Sham was in stable condition, a government spokesman said....
"It is not hard to link this incident to a spreading political terror in order to threaten and inhibit the legitimate exercise of natural and legal rights," the group said in a statement to Reuters.... (End excerpts)
2. On October 17, Amnesty urged the authorities to urgently investigate a bloody attack on the leader of one of the biggest pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong. However, why hasn’t Amnesty condemned the rioter who used a box cutter to slash a police officer’s neck from behind, leaving a 3cm cut, during a riot in Hong Kong on October 13?
Isn't a police officer a human being? Shouldn't he enjoy human rights too? Why hasn’t Amnesty call for a prompt investigation into this horrifying attack to send a clear message to the Hong Kong rioters that targeting police and other innocent people will have serious consequences? Isn't anything less would send a chilling signal that such attacks on the police and other innocent people are tolerated by Amnesty International?
3. The Hong Kong rioters beat up anybody who stands in their way during the riots. They beat up taxi drivers who scolded them for traffic obstruction. They attack Chinese mainland shops and citizens. It could be seen that the rioters are spreading political terror in order to intimidate and threaten the human rights of others.
Why is Amnesty International condoning vandalism, arson, terrorism and violence committed by the Hong Kong rioters? Why is it having double standards in being tough on the Hong Kong authorities and police yet allowing the rioters to escape prosecution for violence and terrorism?
4. The logo of Amnesty International is a lighted candle in barbed wire. It combines two recognisable images inspired by the Chinese proverb, “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
Amnesty International must ensure that commitment to nonviolence is the only means of protest. Then its current logo is appropriate, otherwise in my opinion, a more appropriate logo should be "One Open Eye, One Closed Eye", making it a "one-eyed" organisation.