Hong Kong bookseller disappearances

Bookseller Lam Wing-kee commends US and British governments for Hong Kong concern

Previously missing Causeway Bay bookseller calls on ‘all democratic countries’ to speak up for the city

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 October, 2016, 11:17pm
UPDATED : Friday, 14 October, 2016, 11:12am

Lam Wing-kee thanked British and US officials for their concern over the case of the missing booksellers and for their ongoing support for law enforcement in the territory.

In an article released to media, Lam wrote: “I would like to express gratitude to the British and the US government for their continuous concerns for Hong Kong people.”

“I appeal to all democratic countries to speak up for the justice of Hong Kong’s people, who resist the political powers that are invading their freedoms,” the article read.

Lam was one of five booksellers, including three Hong Kong citizens, one Swedish national and British citizen Lee Po, who disappeared separately from Thailand, Hong Kong and Shenzhen from October to December last year.

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They were later confirmed to have been detained by mainland authorities with state-controlled television broadcasting their confession videos. Four of the five have since returned to Hong Kong, including Lee.

Lam’s article came after the British government released the six-month report on Wednesday.

Citing the disappearance of the Hong Kong booksellers, the report urged Beijing to restore confidence in the “one country, two system” policy.

The British report came less than a week after the US congressional commission on China issued its latest annual report on human rights and rule of law conditions in China, which also highlighted similar concerns.

Lam slammed the mainland government for increasingly intervening the city’s affairs over the years.

“Besides political reform, the violent clearance of umbrella movement...the manipulation of the Legco election — the handling of the Causeway Bay Bookstore is the most blatant one,” he said.