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Legal experts launch advice website for Hongkongers amid growing number of arrests and charges

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An international legal centre has launched a website advising Hongkongers how to react and what to expect if they find themselves facing arrest or prosecution, warning that the mounting number of criminal charges after the 2019 protests threatens to overwhelm the city’s lawyers.

The “Know Your Rights HK” site has been created by experts and law students from the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice in New York. It provides information in both Chinese and English on individuals’ legal rights and obligations – from their first encounter with law enforcement to when they find themselves in front of a magistrate.

Photo: Know Your Rights Hong Kong via Facebook.

“We feel there is a space or a niche for something that is very user-friendly for non-lawyers,” founding co-director Martin Flaherty told HKFP. “There are two main areas where we are trying to inform people what the law is and what their rights are. One is due process and the other is access to the legal aid system in Hong Kong.”

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