10/25, 8:51 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Amnesty Intl. to shut HK offices citing staff safety

Amnesty International stated on Monday that it will close its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong due to operational constraints brought on by the national security law introduced last year.

Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of the human rights advocacy group's international board, said in a statement that "the recent targeting of local human rights and trade union groups signals an intensification of the authorities' campaign to rid the city of all dissenting voices ... It is increasingly difficult for us to keep operating in such an unstable environment."

Amnesty's withdrawal comes days after the American State Department noted an "increase in politically-motivated prosecutions, including through the National Security Law" and amid warnings from industry leaders of the territory losing its status as a global financial hub.

Breaking the News / IB