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Hong Kong: Extradition

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has had discussions with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong on that Government's amendment of its extradition laws to include the People's Republic of China.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field 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 while the consultation is ongoing.

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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