Hong Kong: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th June 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to identify any senior members of the (a) Hong Kong Police Force and (b) governing Administration of Hong Kong who have approved and permitted breaches of the legitimate right to protest against the introduction of new national security laws so that sanctions can be implemented against them; and if he will make a statement.

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

We support the right to peaceful and lawful protest. As the Foreign Secretary made clear in Parliament on 2 June we have repeatedly called for the Hong Kong authorities to facilitate a robust inquiry into the police's behaviour, independent of the Hong Kong and Chinese Governments. Addressing police accountability remains essential for rebuilding trust in Hong Kong. The Foreign Secretary raised the need for such an inquiry with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the height of the protests last year. Officials have continued to raise the issue at senior levels with the Hong Kong SAR Government since then. We have also made clear publicly that police action must be proportionate.

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