China's parliament, the National People's Congress, approved a decision on Thursday to go forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists in the city and Western countries fear could undermine its autonomy. China says the legislation will be aimed at tackling secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city but the plan, unveiled in Beijing last week, triggered the first big protests in Hong Kong for months.
H/T: The Jerusalem Post
From the joint statement from the UK, Australia, Canada, and United States on Hong Kong:
China’s decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its international obligations under the principles of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration. The proposed law would undermine the One Country, Two Systems framework. It also raises the prospect of prosecution in Hong Kong for political crimes, and undermines existing commitments to protect the rights of Hong Kong people - including those set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
As Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity are jeopardised by the new imposition, we call on the Government of China to work with the Hong Kong SAR Government and the people of Hong Kong to find a mutually acceptable accommodation that will honour China’s international obligations under the UN-filed Sino-British Joint Declaration.
China Approves Plan to Rein In Hong Kong, Defying Worldwide Outcry https://t.co/duOJv51JBi— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 28, 2020
Two big lessons from what the Communist Party is doing to #HongKong:— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 28, 2020
1. They will sign virtually any deal because if/when it suits them they will break any commitments they have made;
2.What they are doing today to HK is what they have in mind for #Taiwan down the road
BREAKING: The UK, US, Canada and Australia have issued a joint statement saying they are "deeply concerned" by China's approval of a new national security bill in Hong Kong.— SkyNews (@SkyNews) May 28, 2020
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Is This The End Of Hong Kong As We Know It? https://t.co/Ss3tY0cvNH— Sarah Champion (@SarahChampionMP) May 28, 2020
The events of recent days are the latest attempt by China to erode the Joint Declaration and undermine protected freedoms in Hong Kong.— Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) May 28, 2020
The Foreign Secretary must come to Parliament next week and provide assurances that the UK will not let these actions go unchallenged pic.twitter.com/C8FeGWKzol
China's parliament approved a national security law activists say will erode Hong Kong's freedoms. It punishes alleged subversion against China and would let China operate security agencies openly there for the 1st time.— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 28, 2020
"This is the death knell for Hong Kong." pic.twitter.com/V2TyyY6HaZ
Dozens of kids — literally kids — being dragged away one by one, handcuffed. Again the press is held back by orange tape so we can’t get too close. pic.twitter.com/3Hl9sAPYtH— Shibani Mahtani (@ShibaniMahtani) May 27, 2020
China's proposed national security law for Hong Kong is in direct conflict with its obligations under the Joint Declaration. If enacted, this law would violate Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms. UK and 🇺🇸🇦🇺🇨🇦 are deeply concerned.— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) May 28, 2020
Hong Kong’s freedom is being extinguished. The UK must not turn her back on British nationals in need.— Adam Smith Institute (@ASI) May 28, 2020
We are reiterating our decades-long call that Hong Kongers be given residency rights in the UK.
RT & tag your MP to show support. pic.twitter.com/1VhdaZVow1