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Hong Kong: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th January 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Hong Kong Government on police brutality in Hong Kong during the protests there over Christmas and new year.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

​We remain seriously concerned at events in Hong Kong. The Foreign Secretary has made a number of statements that have repeated the UK position that protests should be conducted peacefully, within the law, and that the response of the authorities is proportionate. There is now an opportunity to find a way through the crisis with meaningful political dialogue, that reflects the legitimate aspirations of the people of Hong Kong and respects the "One Country Two Systems" model. The leadership in China and Hong Kong is in no doubt about the strength of UK concern, and our commitment to seeing the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Joint Declaration upheld.

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