HONG KONG, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A panel of United Nations experts on Thursday called for China to protect the rights of protesters in Hong Kong and expressed alarm at reports of attacks on demonstrators and arrests of activists.
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The U.N. experts, however, called on Chinese and Hong Kong authorities to ensure the protection of individuals exercising their right to peaceful assembly.
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The experts also condemned violence from a small segment of demonstrators and noted that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's decision last week to withdraw a contentious extradition bill "indicates willingness from the local authorities to address some of the claims articulated by demonstrators."