Protect our basic human rights and safety of Hong Kong students
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On behalf of New Zealand Hong Kongers, fellow University of Auckland Alumnus and fellow citizens, we are deeply concerned about the health and safety of a group of Hong Kong students exercising their human rights and rights to protest in a peaceful manner.
On Monday 29th July, a group of Hong Kong students put up a Lennon Wall, highlighting their concerns in regards to Hong Kong's Extradition Law Amendment Bill and police brutality. The group was faced by Mainland Chinese students who defaced the wall with Chinese flags and abusive graphics. They later confronted the students and turned the argument into a physical altercation.
The Chinese students proudly displayed their actions on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Chinese-in-New-Zealand-105138694161913/ and on WeChat, despite denying such actions when approached by University security.
Universities across the world have always been the grounds to nurture political and social change. As part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which New Zealand is signed up to,
- Everyone is entitled to freely hold and express his or her own beliefs and opinions.
- Everyone has the right to participate in the political and cultural life of society and to take part in the fair and democratic government of his or her country.
Universities are places for debates and not for violence. We are deeply concerned about the health and safety of our students and we do not believe this will go away anytime soon. We are concerned that this will create a damaging effect on the University of Auckland.
We hereby demand a formal investigation and asking the University to take appropriate steps to to protect the safety of Hong Kong students. We are asking the University to ensure our safety and human rights are protected and uphold.
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