The United States Expresses Concern Over Hong Kong Democracy Activists Held in Guangdong Province

09/11/2020 06:17 PM EDT

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

The United States is deeply concerned that twelve Hong Kong democracy activists, arrested two weeks ago off the coast of Hong Kong by Guangdong Maritime Police, have been denied access to lawyers of their choice.  Local authorities have yet to provide information regarding their welfare, or the charges against them.  We question Chief Executive Lam’s stated commitment to protecting the rights of Hong Kong residents, and call on authorities to ensure due process.