Joint statement

Over 80 human rights organisations sign joint statement urging government action in response to latest arrest warrants and bounties on Hong Kong pro-democracy activists

Hong Kong Watch and over 80 other Hong Kong civil society and human rights organizations from around the world have signed a joint statement urging government action in response to the latest round of Hong Kong National Security arrest warrants and bounties announced on December 14, 2023.

In the statement, they call on governments to introduce measures to protect the rights of and freedoms of Hong Kong activists in exile, particularly those who have been granted asylum and face past and current threats from Beijing.

They condemn the recent targeting of peaceful pro-democracy activists including Joey Siu, who is a US citizen now residing in the US, as well as Frances Hui and Simon Cheng, who fled from Hong Kong to the US and UK, respectively. 

They also “continue to condemn the targeting of Nathan Law, Dennis Kwok, Ted Hui, Kevin Yam, Anna Kwok, Finn Lau, Elmer Yuen, and Christopher Mung”. 

They call on governments, specifically of the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and European Union, to continue to reiterate that the Hong Kong National Security Law does not apply in their jurisdictions, condemn the latest arrest warrants and bounties and reaffirm that they are not valid in their jurisdictions.

“This is the latest escalation in the National Security Law, which was imposed by Beijing in 2020 and has been condemned by many governments and multiple UN Committees. So far, 260 people have been arrested under the National Security Law,” the joint statement notes.

“This is also the latest escalation in transnational repression against Hong Kongers, many of whom have faced attacks and harassment from the Chinese Communist Party and its agents, across various jurisdictions.”

The groups urge governments to raise the topic of Hong Kong in their recommendations to China at the UN Universal Periodic Review, which will take place on 23 January 2024. 

They also urge governments to suspend the remaining extradition treaties that exist between democracies and the Hong Kong and Chinese Governments and work towards coordinating an INTERPOL early warning system to protect Hong Kongers and other dissidents abroad.

Last Thursday, after the Hong Kong police force issued arrest warrants for five pro-democracy activists including Joey Siu, Frances Hui and Simon Cheng, alongside a bounty of HK$1 million per individual for information that could lead to their arrest under the National Security Law, the Hong Kong Government said in a statement, “Fugitives should not have any delusion that they could evade legal liabilities by absconding from Hong Kong. Fugitives will be pursued for life unless they turn themselves in.”

The full letter is available here.

香港監察聯同逾80個人權組織發聯合聲明 呼籲各國政府採取行動回應再有海外港人被通緝



他們譴責港府近日針對和平民主派社運人士,其中包括現居美國的美國公民邵嵐(Joey Siu),以及分別離港前往美國和英國的許穎婷(Frances Hui)和鄭文傑(Simon Cheng)。









The joint statement was signed by over 80 organisations, including: 

Action Free Hong Kong Montreal

AfricaHongKongFrance (AHKF)

Alberta Uyghur Association

Amnesty International UK 

Association of Hong Kongers in Western Australia

Australia Hong Kong Link

Australia Capital Hong Kong Association 

Australian Uyghur Association

Blossom Community HK CIC 大樹下合作社

Britons in Hong Kong

Campaign For Uyghurs 

Canadian Friends of Hong Kong

Center For Uyghur Studies

Chicago Solidarity with Hong Kong 芝援香港

China Aid Association

Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD)

Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation

Democracy for Hong Kong (D4HK)

DC4HK (Washingtonians supporting Hong Kong)

Freedom House

Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.

Finnish Hongkongers

Free Tibet

Freiheit für Hongkong e.V.

Germany Stands with Hong Kong

Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities

Halifax-Hong Kong Link

Hackney Chinese Community Services (HCCS)

HearthTalk UK


Hong Kong Aid 港援

Hong Kong Assistance and Resettlement Community (HKARC)

Hong Kong Centre for Human Rights

Hong Kong Committee in Norway

Hong Kong Democracy Council

Hong Kong Forum, Los Angeles

Hong Kong International Alliance Brisbane (HKIA Brisbane) 

Hong Kong Labour Rights Monitor

Hong Kong Outlanders in Taiwan

Hong Kong Professional Network

Hong Kong Revolution Power

Hong Kong Watch

Hong Kong in Chester 

Hongkonger in Deutschland e.V.

Hongkongers in Britain 英國港僑協會

HongKongers in Leeds

Human Rights Foundation

Human Rights in China

Humanitarian China

International Campaign for Tibet

International Tibet Network

Japan Hong Kong Democracy Alliance

June 4 Sparks

Lady Liberty Hong Kong

Le Comité pour la Liberté à Hong-Kong

Manchester Stands With Hong Kong

New Yorkers Supporting Hong Kong


Northern California Hong Kong Club

Nottingham Stands with Hong Kong


Power to Hongkongers

Safeguard Defenders

Salford HongKongers 

Scottish Hongkongers

Southampton Hongkongers

Students For Hong Kong

Students For a Free Tibet International

Stop Uyghur Genocide

Taiwan HK Association

Texans Supporting Hong Kong - TX4HK

The 29 Principles

The Dissident Project

The Hong Kong Scots

Tibetan Community in Britain

Tibet Initiative Deutschland 

Tibet Justice Center

Tibet Solidarity

Torontonian HongKongers Action Group

Trafford Hongkongers CIC

UK Uyghur Community

US Hongkongers Club

Uyghur Human Rights Project

Victoria HongKongers Association (Australia) 澳洲維港

We the Hongkongers

World Uyghur Congress