The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a statement following the publication of a report by the Hong Kong Independent Police Complaints Council into the state of unrest that has existed since June 2019. There has been some anger at the report, which has effectively cleared the police’s handling of the protests.
A spokesperson said:
“Addressing police accountability remains essential for rebuilding trust in Hong Kong. We will consider the conclusions of this report carefully. As we have consistently stated, we urge the authorities to facilitate a robust, independent inquiry.”
Benedict Rogers, the Chair of Hong Kong Watch, said in a statement:
“The Independent Police Complaints Council’s report is a shocking whitewash which shows that there is no viable mechanism in Hong Kong to ensure accountability either for police brutality or police complicity with violence by criminal thugs.”