Hong Kong: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th April 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of 19 February 2020 UN Special Procedures letter to the Government of the People's Republic of China concerning violations of human rights of healthcare workers in Hong Kong; and what representations he is making to the governments of the People's Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on those allegations.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The allegations relating to the mistreatment and arrest of medics at demonstrations are extremely serious. We expect the Hong Kong authorities to abide by international humanitarian norms and laws. These allegations warrant a full and transparent investigation. We have consistently made clear our view that there should be a robust, independent inquiry into events in Hong Kong. We frequently raise issues of concern with senior figures in the Chinese and Hong Kong Governments, and discuss the situation in Hong Kong with our international partners, and will continue to do so. 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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