Hong Kong National Security Police issues arrest warrants for Christoper Mung today, along with seven other Hong Kong pro-democracy activists. Below is his statement in response to the arrest warrant.
When I went into exile and chose to continue fighting for Hong Kong labour rights, I was aware that I would one day become a target of the government’s repression.
The smear campaign against pro-democracy activists by the Hong Kong National Security Police was not unexpected. The authorities can tell a lie ten thousand times, but it can never become the truth.
Over the past three years, the Hong Kong government has repeatedly used “national security” as a pretext to curtail Hong Kongers’ fundamental freedoms and human rights as recognised by international human rights law and standards. Arbitrary arrests and prosecutions of dissidents have become an “absurd routine” in Hong Kong.
If I were ever found guilty, my only “crime” would be speaking the truth for my fellow Hong Kongers – the truth that the Chinese and Hong Kong government used the National Security Law and other means, to relentlessly crack down on Hong Kongers’ rights and freedoms.
Today, as the Hong Kong National Police issued an arrest warrant in an attempt to extend their hand overseas, they once again demonstrated how the draconian National Security Law violated fundamental human rights.
No matter how hard the dictator attempts to instil fear in the society, Hong Kongers’ determination to resist and their courage will not be crushed.
I will not cease my advocacy work for Hong Kong labour rights abroad, including through my work with international organisations and trade unions in different countries. Hong Kong Labour Rights Monitor and I will always stand with Hong Kong. We walk shoulder to shoulder with the people of Hong Kong. Our conviction is as strong as ever. We will continue to speak up for workers in Hong Kong and amplify their voices around the world.
Executive Director, Hong Kong Labour Rights Monitor