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‘Where is Andy Li?’: Campaign for missing HK activist

Hong Kong’s Correctional Services Department (CSD) would not comment on an individual case.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said it was up to people in custody to decide whether they wanted to see family members.

“Our law enforcement department takes the law seriously,” she said. “Every detained person will be informed of his or her individual rights, such as whether they would want to see their families and whether they would need a lawyer.

“But if this person is unwilling to exercise his personal right, then we have to safeguard that … Everyone has the freedom to choose.”

Now, for the first time, Li’s family is speaking out as a global campaign is launched by more than 100 MPs from around the world calling on the Hong Kong authorities to release Li.

“If Andy is being silenced then we who are still free have to speak up for him,” his sister Beatrice Li said from her new home in London.

“Beijing could try to take individuals, but they can’t kill us all. Andy knows this, too. If we show solidarity with him, we believe change can happen,” the 27-year-old said.

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, the cross-party coalition of more than 200 MPs from 20 legislatures around the world, including the United States, Britain and Australia, is calling on its governments to raise Li’s case with the Chinese.

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In a statement issued on Friday, the MPs, which include seven Australian MPs, 35 British MPs and Lords and 2 US Congressmen and 3 Senators, called for Li’s immediate release.

“Andy Li is a peace-loving democrat, motivated by love for his home city and the fulfilment of the promises made to Hong Kong through the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law,” the parliamentarians said.

“His case has become emblematic of the Chinese Government’s ruthless crackdown on Hong Kong’s way of life, and disregard for the international treaties designed to protect it.

“We call upon the Hong Kong authorities to release Andy Li together with all of those unjustly detained for democracy activism,” the MPs said.

Two of the British MPs, Iain Duncan Smith and Labour’s Helen Kennedy, raised Li’s case with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday.

“Andy Li has done absolutely nothing wrong and now faces trumped-up charges,” Duncan Smith said.

“The fact that he is reportedly being held in solitary confinement in a psychiatric hospital is appalling.

“I explained all of this to the foreign secretary and he promised to get back to me which he has not yet done but I’m expecting to hear back very soon,” the former Conservative party leader told The Herald and The Age.

A spokeswoman said the Foreign Office was “closely monitoring Andy Li’s case.”

“We have raised the cases of the 12 Hong Kong activists and politicians, including Andy Li, arrested and detained in Shenzhen last August, with the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities, and will continue to do so,” the spokeswoman said.

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