Hong Kong: Extradition

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Lord Pendry Lord Pendry Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the ratification of the Sino-British Joint Declaration by the governments of China and the United Kingdom in 1984 and the registration of that Declaration with the United Nations in 1985, what representations they intend to make to the United Nations about the government of Hong Kong’s proposed extradition law.

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

The Joint Declaration is a legally binding treaty registered with the UN. Its objectives apply to both signatories – the government of the People's Republic of China and the UK. It remains in force, and remains acutely relevant to the conduct of life in Hong Kong.

We welcome the Chief Executive's statement that she would not proceed with the second reading of the bill, if the fears and anxieties of the people of Hong Kong were not addressed. It is vital that Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms set down in the Joint Declaration are respected in full.

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