October 1, 2022

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US issues ‘wrongful detention’ risk warning for travellers to Hong Kong

The US Condition Office has shown Hong Kong as a single of the spots the place Americans are at hazard of wrongful detention as it introduces a new hazard indicator for its journey advisories.

Travellers get there Hong Kong. Picture: Rachel Wong/HKFP.

The White Dwelling slapped its wrongful detention or “D” indicator on China, Myanmar, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela on Tuesday. The individual Hong Kong vacation advisory also carries the “D” designation.

“Exercise greater warning owing to wrongful detentions,” the Condition Office claims in an up to date Hong Kong travel advisory.

It adds: “US citizens traveling or residing in the PRC (People’s Republic of China), like the Hong Kong SAR, may possibly be detained without having obtain to US consular solutions or info about their alleged criminal offense.”

The department experienced already place Hong Kong on a degree 4 – Do Not Journey – warn due to Covid-19 dangers and “arbitrary enforcement of nearby legislation.”

US Section of State. Image: US Division of Condition.

The new chance indicator came after the high-profile case of American basketball participant Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia for months for allegedly possessing marijuana concentrate cannabis oil in her luggage. The Biden administration has classified the detention as wrongful but has been under fireplace for not accomplishing a lot more to deliver Griner home.

Inspite of remaining specified a “D” indicator, China remained in the third amount of the Point out Department’s journey alert, which calls on American citizens to “reconsider journey.” The advisory cited Covid-19 limitations, as effectively as arbitrary law enforcement.

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Almond Li is a Hong Kong-based journalist who beforehand labored for Reuters and Happs Television set as a freelancer, and as a reporter at Hong Kong Global Organization Channel, Citizen Information and Professional Radio Hong Kong. She earned her Masters in Journalism at the University of Southern California. She has an desire in LGBT+, psychological overall health and environmental difficulties.

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