Nearly 200 political figures from all over the world have denounced Beijing’s proposed nationwide security legal guidelines for Hong Kong.
Earlier this week, China‘s ruling Communist Party introduced it needs to clamp down on dissent in Hong Kong by introducing a nationwide security law.
Pro-democracy activists say the transfer to ban “treason, secession, sedition and subversion” will destroy Hong Kong’s autonomy.
In a joint assertion organised by former Hong Kong Governor Christopher Patten and former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind, 186 law and coverage leaders mentioned the proposed legal guidelines are a “comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy, rule of law and fundamental freedoms” and a “flagrant breach” of the Sino-British Joint Declaration that returned Hong Kong to China in 1997.
“If the international community cannot trust Beijing to keep its word when it comes to Hong Kong, people will be reluctant to take its word on other matters,” they wrote.
US officers mentioned the Chinese laws could be unhealthy for each Hong Kong’s and China’s economies and will jeopardise the territory’s particular standing in US law.
China has dismissed different nations’ complaints as meddling.
Some of Trump’s fellow Republicans – Senator Marco Rubio, appearing chair of the Intelligence Committee, and Senator Ted Cruz – signed the assertion.
Democratic signatories included Representative Eliot Engel, head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Adam Schiff, chairman of the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In the UK, 44 members of the House of Commons and eight members of the House of Lords additionally signed the assertion, alongside figures from throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.
It follows a joint assertion from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Australian overseas affairs minister Marise Payne and Canadian overseas minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Friday, which mentioned: “We are deeply involved at proposals for introducing laws associated to nationwide security in Hong Kong.
“The legally-binding joint declaration, signed by China and the UK, units out that Hong Kong can have a excessive diploma of autonomy.
“It additionally gives that rights and freedoms, together with these of the person, of the press, of meeting, of affiliation and others, will probably be ensured by law in Hong Kong, and that the provisions of the 2 UN covenants on human rights (the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) shall stay in pressure.
“Making such a law on Hong Kong’s behalf with out the direct participation of its individuals, legislature or judiciary would clearly undermine the precept of ‘one country, two systems’, beneath which Hong Kong is assured a excessive diploma of autonomy.”
Downing Street has additionally urged China to respect Hong Kong’s rights amid considerations Beijing is tightening its grip on the town.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman mentioned: “We are monitoring the scenario carefully. We count on China to respect Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms and excessive diploma of autonomy.
“As a celebration to the joint declaration, the UK is dedicated to upholding Hong Kong’s autonomy and respecting the one nation two programs mannequin.”
Asked if the proposed law met the one nation two system precept, he replied: “We are monitoring this closely and our immediate priority is to clarify the details of what is being suggested.”