By Local Press
Joshua Wong Chi-fung, leader of an opposition party Demosisto and legislator Shiu Ka-chun have received requests for assistance from protesters that were previously remanded at Pik Uk Prison, Hong Kong. Three detainees testified that they were subject to constant ‘torture, cruel treatment and insult’ by prison staff.
Systematic atrocities against political prisoners
In the May 5th press conference, Shiu condemned that some staff in the Correctional Services Department (CSD) labelled all political-related prisoners and detainees as ‘little rioters (Bo Dong Jai 暴動仔)’ and devised systematic atrocities against them. Also, Shiu pointed out that the CSD prohibits the detainees from reading books about social movements.
In a 12-minute video clip from Demosisto, a CSD staff Huen Ngar Tat (禤雅達, AO1700) was mentioned to be held accountable for part of brutalities, it was also suggested that Huen threatened the prisoners by saying that he knew the addresses of their families.
Three detainees who went by the names of Tom, Jackson and Ivan, testified via live-video, in which they said that they were repeatedly tortured by jailers. The three detainees said one time when they sang ‘Glory to Hong Kong’, the jailers came and took them to the blind spot of CCTV cameras and slapped them in the face, after a while, when the jailers became tired, the detainees were forced to repeatedly slap themselves. The three detainees also said that they were forced to count aloud and shout ‘Thank you, sir’ as prison staff beat them at their hands and feet.
Joshua Wong called upon the CSD to stop all kinds of atrocities and tortures. Wong said that the Demosisto may file a complaint with the United Nations for the abuses of power and the violation of universal human rights. Shiu said a substantial change is needed to realise the value of humanity, as enshrined in Hong Kong’s Bill of Rights.