Hong Kong: Administration of Justice

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 25th January 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of potential state interference in the Hong Kong judicial system.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

As the Foreign Secretary set out in the foreword to the most recent Six-Monthly report on Hong Kong, British judges have played an important role in supporting the independence of the judiciary in Hong Kong for many years. The UK Government hopes this can continue.

However, the National Security Law poses real questions for the rule of law in Hong Kong and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms promised by China in the Joint Declaration.

Our assessment of Hong Kong's judicial independence is increasingly finely balanced; it is therefore right that it is kept under review. It is essential that both the Hong Kong judiciary and Hong Kong's legal institutions are able to operate independently and free from political interference.

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