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Hong Kong: Extradition

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amendment by the authorities in Hong Kong to its extradition law to allow criminals to be extradited from Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China; and whether this amendment is compliant with the rights protected in the Sino-British Joint Declaration ratified in 1985.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We are aware of the Hong Kong Government's proposals to change extradition legislation and are following the matter closely. A public consultation on the proposals will end next month. It would not be appropriate to comment as the proposal goes through the legislative process.

It remains the British Government's view that, for Hong Kong's future success, it is essential that Hong Kong enjoys, and is seen to enjoy, the full measure of its high degree of autonomy and rule of law as set out in the Joint Declaration and enshrined in the Basic Law, in keeping with the commitment to "One Country, Two Systems".

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