Saturday, January 1, 2011
Associate Professor Suzannah Linton (Hong Kong University Faculty of Law) has launched the Hong Kong's War Crimes Trials Collection website last week. Click here to visit. The website is part of a project funded by the Hong Kong SAR government's Research Grants Council.
The Collection's website provides access to case files of 46 trials involving 123 persons who were tried in Hong Kong for war crimes committed during the Second World War. Four British War Crimes Courts in Hong Kong exercised jurisdiction over war crimes, defined at the time as "a violation of the laws and usages of war committed during any war in which His Majesty has been or may be engaged at any time since the 2nd September, 1939." The courts dealt with cases from across Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories, and also from Formosa (Taiwan), China (Waichow and Shanghai), Japan and on the High Seas. The subject matter spanned war crimes committed during the fall of Hong Kong, during the occupation and after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (but before the formal surrender). They included killings of outside of the field of combat, abuses in prisoner-of-war camps, abuse and murder of civilians during the military occupation, forced labour, and offences on the High Seas.
The website is easy to navigate and includes, photographs, documents, and other material of interest to researchers.
RTHK is making a television documentary about Professor Linton's project for its Hong Kong Connections programme; it is expected to be screened in February 2011.
If you're going to be near Hong Kong later this month, Professor Linton is giving a public lecture on ?ong Kong's War Crimes Trials' at the Museum of Coastal Defence at Shau Kei Wan on January 22, 2011 (Saturday) from 3pm to 5pm.
Hat tip to Suzannah Linton