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Wrongful arrest of man with autism and intellectual disability in Hong Kong

A man with autism was wrongfully arrested and detained in May (2015) in the investigation of a murder case. Irregularities, impropriety and poor efforts in rectifying the problem on the part of the force have stirred up public outrage. (EJI report; SCMP report; Autism Daily Newscast report)

People with mental and developmental disabilities are particularly vulnerable when facing the law enforcement and criminal justice system, primarily because of their learning and communication challenges and sometimes due to their restrictive and repetitive behaviour, which may seem "strange" or "suspicious".

Studies in other countries show people with neuro-disabilities - such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - and those with possible-to-borderline intellectual disability are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. Cases of mistreatment are not infrequent around the world. Some are brutal, even fatal.

Ignorance, insensitivity, a lack of…