Hong Kong: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th July 2020.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of imposing sanctions on people responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong.

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

On 6 July, The Foreign Secretary brought into force the UK's first autonomous human rights sanctions regime, which gives the Government the power to impose sanctions on those involved in the very worst of human rights abuses around the world.

As the Foreign Secretary said in his statement to the House, the Government will consider carefully further suggestions for designations under this regime. However, it would not be appropriate to pre-empt who may be designated.

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