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British Foreign Minister Cameron: Law on Article 23 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law may violate international human rights law

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British Foreign Minister Cameron: Law on Article 23 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law may violate international human rights law

hong kongThe Legislative Council passed the “Maintenance of National Security Bill” (i.e., the Basic Law Article 23 Law) on the third reading in March, further restricting Hong Kong’s freedoms and democracy. British Foreign Secretary Cameron said today that this law may be inconsistent with international human rights law.

The British Foreign Office today released a new half-yearly report on Hong Kong. David Cameron noted in the introduction that Hong Kong’s “national security rules” that came into effect on March 23 may not be in compliance with international human rights law. Met the standards.hong kong governmentInternational standards that we are committed to maintaining.

Cameron pointed out that when the United Kingdom and China signed the “Sino-British Joint Declaration” relating to Hong Kong in 1984, both parties agreed that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region would maintain a high level of autonomy for at least 50 years. Will keep. Transfer of sovereignty, except in the areas of external affairs and defence. However, less than 23 years after the transfer of sovereignty, Beijing forcibly imposed the “national security law” on Hong Kong in 2020.

Cameron stressed that Beijing’s move violated the “Sino-British Joint Declaration”.

He noted that in a context where political opposition has almost ended, holding different opinions is enough to become a criminal offence, and civil society is marginalised, the Hong Kong government has violatedhong kong national security lawLi Zhiying, the founder of Next Media Group, was sued for this reason and the trial was held in December last year.

On the eve of the trial, Cameron issued a statement calling on the Hong Kong government to “stop the trial and release” of Jimmy Lai. They also urged Beijing to repeal the national security law and stop prosecuting all individuals accused of violating it.

However, the Hong Kong government has sought to extend the national security law outside Hong Kong as well. In July and December last year, Hong Kong police wanted a total of 13 overseas Hong Kong residents for suspected violations of the Hong Kong national security law, and offered a reward of HK$1 million each. Cameron explained that these wanted Hong Kong people were exercising their freedom of expression abroad, and many of them were currently living in Britain.

He stressed that the UK will not tolerate attempts by any foreign forces to intimidate, harass or harm individuals in the UK and that the Hong Kong national security law is “completely ineffective in the UK.” Furthermore, there is currently no effective extradition agreement between the UK and Hong Kong or the UK and China.

Britain has no extradition agreement with China. In July 2020, as the national security law for Hong Kong came into force, the British government announced that it would suspend the extradition agreement with Hong Kong “immediately and indefinitely”.

Cameron today called on Hong Kong people in Britain: “You are safe here (in the UK).”

He said that as a co-signatory of the “Sino-British Joint Declaration”, the UK will not shirk its responsibilities and stand up against actions by the Chinese or Hong Kong governments that erode the rule of law and undermine Hong Kong’s rights. Are. And freedom.

After the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred from the United Kingdom to China on July 1, 1997, the British Foreign Office issued a report to Parliament every six months to explain the current situation of Hong Kong and the implementation of the “Sino-British joint plan”. Announcement”. The report released today covers last July through December.

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