【抗暴之戰】批監警會無權傳召證人逼警提證供 國際專家小組「跳船」(附聲明全文)

更新時間 (HKT): 2019.12.11 09:39

報道引述小組成員、英國基爾大學自然科學研究院院長Clifford Stott表示,專家小組建議監警會提高向警方搜證,辨認及保護警隊內外證人的能力,強調調查必須有公信力,才可化解香港當前的危機。

監警會國際專家小組發表聲明,指經過數月來的數據收集和分析後,雖然取得有意義的進展,但認為監警會在權力及獨立調查能力都存有重大缺陷,基於要審視的議題牽涉範圍較廣泛及複雜性,監警會必須先決解調查能力不足的問題,才能在重視自由和權利的社會中發揮監察警察的職能,符合香港市民的期望。

聲明續指,由於現階段未能與監警會達成有效的工作機制,故專家小組決定正式退出,當監警會具備所需權力和能力時,小組仍願意繼續支持監警會的工作。

監警會發表聲明,感謝國際專家小組的參與和貢獻,監警會上月和今月中召開會議,審視工作進度,在充份考慮專家報告的建議並完成首階段報告後,再作重新檢視。對於專家小組指監警會無調查權力,監警會未有正面回應,僅指審視工作獲得行政長官和警務處處長支持,重申監警會必須在現行條例內,會方向警方提出改善建議並協助審查相關投訴案件,對相關法定權力如有任何更改,都需要獲得社會和持份者的共識,並必須按照法定程序進行。

反修例觸發的抗爭行動持續半年,政府一直拒絕回應成立獨立調查委員會的訴求,聲稱繼續由監警會審視調查已足夠。監警會亦已邀請5名國際專家協助審視,上月初Clifford Stott教授發表獨立專家小組聲明,指分析了監警會對本港示威活動的調查能力,指出存在三項缺陷,表明「監警會權力及獨立調查能力不足」,亦不符合重視自由與權利社會的國際監警察組織標準,建議下一步仍需由獨立機構深入調查。

國際專家小組聲明全文

In November 2019 the International Experts Panel (IEP) visited the Hong Kong Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) to assist them in the development of their ‘Thematic Study’ on the protests, confrontations and policing. While we assessed that meaningful progress had been made in data collection and analysis, we ultimately concluded that a crucial shortfall was evident in the powers, capacity and independent investigative capability of IPCC. Given the scale and complexity of events subject to its Thematic Study, we determined that addressing at least the capacity and investigative capability shortfalls, would be necessary in order for the IPCC to begin to meet the standards citizens of Hong Kong would be likely to require of a police watchdog operating in a society that values freedoms and rights. Since then, dialogue with the IPCC has not led to any agreed process through which the IEP would be able to effectively support the Thematic Study any further at this stage. As a result, the IEP has taken the decision to formally stand aside from its role. As a group we remain committed to supporting and engaging with the IPCC, if and when it develops the necessary capabilities and provides its draft interim report on the protests, confrontations and policing of events between June and September 2019.

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