Hong Kong: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Conservative, The Cotswolds

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to reports of abuse and arrest of medics treating people involved in protests in Hong Kong, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law are complied with; and what representations he has made to the (a) Chinese Government, and b) the Government of Hong Kong on compliance with that law.

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

We take any allegations relating to the arrest of medics treating protesters at demonstrations in Hong Kong extremely seriously. We expect the Hong Kong authorities to abide by international humanitarian norms and laws. We continue to be concerned about the situation in Hong Kong and have called consistently for a robust, independent inquiry into recent events as a step towards resolution of the situation. We have also made our concerns to the Chinese government about human rights clear. The Foreign Secretary has set out our concerns about the situation in Hong Kong directly to both the Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam and to the Chinese Foreign Minister, State Councillor Wang Yi.

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