1st anniversary of the Li Yuen-yee Incident Publication of investigation result to Li’s family Restore the deceased to reputation.

It has been a year for Li Yuen-yee committing suicide after the false allegation of the Police. Yet, the Complaint Against Police Office (CAPO) put off the investigation and has not yet completed the investigation. The tolerance of the misuse of power by the Police results in the continuation of police officers abusing sex workers.

Miss Li Yuen-yee jumped from the roof on 10 October 2005. According to her family members and her diary, she was framed and beaten by the police officers. The evidence was also destroyed by the Police. The undercover agent even received the service of oral sex. She killed herself to defend her reputation. During the Coroner’s Court hearing in May 2006, we witnessed the following facts: the court statements of the policeman were inconsistent; some facts were hidden (such as the use of condom); the sergeant was shielding his subordinate. Li passed away for a year. Though we urged CAPO to quickly complete the investigation, neither did they publish anything about the case, nor was there a police officer being penalized for the misconduct. In regards to the receipt of sexual service during undercover operations, the police is still reluctant to make any amendment to the operation guidelines to stop agents receiving masturbation service during undercover operations.

Li’s family felt great sorrow at the loss of their beloved, but they insisted to publicize the story so as to find out the truth, restoring their beloved to reputation. We hereby express our care to Li’s family. We also urge the police to quickly and justly investigate into the case, penalizing the police officers involved in the misconduct to restore the deceased to her reputation, stopping the misuse of power by police officers as well.

We have the following requests:

1. The police should apologize to Li’s family.

2. Revise the undercover operation guidelines, clearly prohibiting undercover agents to receive sexual services of any kinds (including sexual intercourse, oral sex, and masturbation service) during operations.

3. The police should investigate into the case, penalizing the police officers involved in the misconduct (including the misconduct of police officers, the oversight of police officers, obstructing the course of justice), publicizing the investigation result as well.

4. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) should take the initiative to investigate if the undercover agent received sexual service during operation.

5. An independent complaint system should be set up to avoid police officers investigating their police colleagues.

6. Introduce laws against occupational discrimination, eliminating discriminations against sex workers, safeguarding their basic human rights.

Zi Teng (sex workers concern organization)

10 October 2006

Reference: Police Not Regretful in persecuting Sex Workers

Letter to Hong Kong from Li Yuen-yee’s family