Hong Kong – SB strongly condemns spread of rumours about collapse of toilet in community isolation facility

SB strongly condemns spread of rumours about collapse of toilet in community isolation facility

******************************************************************************************


     Regarding a photo circulating on the Internet about a toilet with its ceiling collapsed in the community isolation facility, a spokesman for the Security Bureau (SB) clarified today (March 12) that no collapse incident has happened in the toilets since the community isolation facilities in Tsing Yi, San Tin and on the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities Island of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge commenced operation. 



     The SB strongly condemns individuals who deliberately mislead members of the public by publishing the inaccurate photo.

Canada – Canada condemns fraudulent constitutional referendum in Belarus

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: “Canada condemns Belarus’s recent constitutional referendum, which is an attack on democracy and a threat to security and stability in the entire region. Canada will therefore not recognize the results of this referendum.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns Belarus’s recent constitutional referendum, which is an attack on democracy and a threat to security and stability in the entire region. Canada will therefore not recognize the results of this referendum.

“The Lukashenko regime has used a campaign of fear and repression to influence the vote and supress democratic opposition. Independent voices and media are being silenced, political prisoners remain behind bars, and tens of thousands of Belarusians have been exiled.

“Moreover, the referendum lacks the democratic legitimacy as independent observers, including those from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), have been barred from evaluating the voting process to ensure its integrity.

“In these constitutional amendments, Lukashenko has strengthened his authoritarian grip on the Republic of Belarus. He has increased the power of unelected loyalists, opened the door to nuclear weapons, introduced presidential impunity, and taken Belarus backwards in terms of democracy and human rights. The Lukashenko regime will be held accountable for these deeply troubling acts.

“On Friday, February 25, 2022, Canada announced sanctions on Belarus due to its support to Russia in the latter’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Canada will monitor the situation in Belarus and will not hesitate to look at appropriate measures to respond to this deeply flawed referendum, which only serves to harm global stability.

“We stand in steadfast support of the Belarusian people and remain ready to take action with international partners whenever and wherever democracy is threatened.”

Maéva Proteau

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hong Kong – SB strongly condemns university student organisation for beautifying terrorist act

SB strongly condemns university student organisation for beautifying terrorist act

**********************************************************************************


     A spokesman for the Security Bureau today (July 8) strongly condemned a university student organisation for beautifying and treating as heroic the blatant violence of the attacker who attempted to murder a police officer a few days ago. It sternly pointed out that glorifying and advocating for people to mourn the attacker for his lone-wolf terrorist attack is no different from supporting and encouraging terrorism, which goes against humanity and the people. Members of the public must get the facts right and should not be misled by any fallacy.
 
     The spokesman criticised the student organisation for describing the attacker’s cold-blooded terrorist act as so-called “sacrifice” and offering condolences to him. It confuses right and wrong and is an attempt to deceive members of the public. These words and deeds will only trigger more hatred, send out a severely wrong message to society and make more people imitate the terrorist act of the attacker, thereby seriously endangering public safety. It is even more upsetting and enraging that these words and deeds that turn the truth upside down and mix right and wrong originated from a university. These students, who have received higher education, have failed the expectations of their parents, society and the university. They should be ashamed of their behaviour.
 
     The spokesman stressed that any person who advocates terrorism or incites the commissioning of a terrorist activity may have breached the offence of terrorist activities under the Hong Kong National Security Law. It is a very serious offence. This clearly reflects the importance of national security education and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government’s supervision over education institutions. Article 9 of the Hong Kong National Security Law stipulates that the HKSAR Government shall take necessary measures to strengthen public communication, guidance, supervision and regulation over matters concerning national security including those relating to schools and universities.

     The spokesman called on the public to discern facts from fallacies and not to condone terrorist violence directly or indirectly; to disassociate themselves from violent behaviour; and not to contribute to the emergence of local terrorism. This is because people who sympathise with violent assailants will easily be radicalised into supporters, who will then easily be turned into participants of terrorist activities. Such a process of radicalisation of terrorism is often seen abroad and different communities have suffered. Members of the public must draw a lesson from them.
 
     The HKSAR Government will continue to remain vigilant at all times, sparing no effort in preventing and suppressing the emergence of any terrorism in Hong Kong.

Canada – Canada condemns arrest of political candidates and civil society leaders in Nicaragua

“Canada joins the Organization of American States, the United Nations, international human rights bodies and members of the international community in condemning the arbitrary arrest of political candidates in Nicaragua.”

June 11, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada joins the Organization of American States, the United Nations, international human rights bodies and members of the international community in condemning the arbitrary arrest of political candidates in Nicaragua. The Government of Nicaragua has failed to implement meaningful electoral reforms that are desperately needed and is now further eroding the democratic process with these arbitrary detentions.

“We stand with the Nicaraguan people in their aspirations for a more just and democratic future, which includes a fundamental respect for human rights, media freedom, and the opportunity to make their own democratic choices in free, fair and transparent elections.

“The Government of Nicaragua needs to guarantee the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all its people in accordance with international law and its own constitution. International human rights bodies must be allowed to return immediately to the country to monitor the situation and ensure the government is fulfilling these crucial responsibilities.

“Canada calls for the immediate release of the arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned or detained political candidates, as well as the release of all political prisoners, and an end to the arrest and harassment of the independent media and civil society actors. We remain in close contact with our international partners.

“Canadians in Nicaragua should regularly check our Travel Advice and Advisories page, monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

“At any time, Canadians requiring emergency consular assistance can contact the Embassy of Canada to Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua in San José, Costa Rica at +506 2242-4400 or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling +1 613 996 8885 collect or by sending an email message to sos@international.gc.ca.”

Canada – Canada condemns Belarus’s diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978

“Canada strongly condemns the forced diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978 under false pretenses and the subsequent arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich by Belarus. This reckless, brazen act by the Belarusian regime jeopardized the safety of passengers and constitutes serious interference in the fundamental principles and international rules that ensure civil aviation safety around the world.

May 25, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, today issued the following statement:

“Canada strongly condemns the forced diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978 under false pretenses and the subsequent arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich by Belarus. This reckless, brazen act by the Belarusian regime jeopardized the safety of passengers and constitutes serious interference in the fundamental principles and international rules that ensure civil aviation safety around the world.

“As per Canada’s Safer Skies Initiative, Transport Canada is issuing a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) advising Canadian air operators and the owners of aircraft registered in Canada to avoid operating at any altitude within Belarusian airspace due to serious safety and security concerns posed to civil aviation operations.

“This shocking action also constitutes a blatant attack on media freedom with serious implications on the rights of freedom of expression. We call on Belarus to release Mr. Protasevich immediately.

“Canada stands in solidarity with our partners in the face of these actions. We are assessing, with like-minded partners, response options that include sanctions to ensure these unacceptable actions have consequences.

“Canada will participate in the urgent meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization Council this week to shed light on the circumstances surrounding this abhorrent transgression.

“We also urge the Government of Belarus to release all individuals who have been arbitrarily detained. An impartial investigation of all allegations of torture and other cruel treatment is needed.

“Canada will continue to work with its partners to ensure that the voices of the people of Belarus are heard and to pursue accountability for those responsible for undermining democracy, supressing media freedom and committing human rights violations.”

Allison St-Jean

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra

Minister of Transport, Ottawa

(613) 290-8656

Allison.St-Jean@tc.gc.ca