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

The US Condition Section has shown Hong Kong as one of the places where by Us residents are at possibility of wrongful detention as it introduces a new danger indicator for its travel advisories.

Travellers arrive Hong Kong. Photo: Rachel Wong/HKFP.

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

“Exercise greater caution thanks to wrongful detentions,” the State Section says in an up-to-date Hong Kong vacation advisory.

It provides: “US citizens traveling or residing in the PRC (People’s Republic of China), including the Hong Kong SAR, could be detained without accessibility to US consular expert services or facts about their alleged crime.”

The section experienced presently set Hong Kong on a amount 4 – Do Not Journey – notify due to Covid-19 dangers and “arbitrary enforcement of community laws.”

US Department of Condition. Photograph: US Department of State.

The new threat indicator arrived right after the large-profile case of American basketball participant Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia for months for allegedly possessing cannabis concentrate hashish oil in her luggage. The Biden administration has labeled the detention as wrongful but has been underneath hearth for not carrying out additional to bring Griner house.

Despite currently being provided a “D” indicator, China remained in the 3rd level of the Condition Department’s travel alert, which phone calls on American citizens to “reconsider journey.” The advisory cited Covid-19 limits, as very well as arbitrary law enforcement.

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Almond Li is a Hong Kong-dependent journalist who earlier worked for Reuters and Happs Tv as a freelancer, and as a reporter at Hong Kong International Enterprise Channel, Citizen News and Industrial Radio Hong Kong. She earned her Masters in Journalism at the University of Southern California. She has an fascination in LGBT+, psychological wellness and environmental issues.

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