Hong Kong: Human Rights

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of Matt Vickers Matt Vickers Conservative, Stockton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help support the human rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.

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

We continue to make clear to mainland Chinese and Hong Kong authorities our strong opposition to the National Security Law, which is being used to curtail freedoms, punish dissent and shrink the space for opposition, free press and civil society.

On 7 February, we and Media Freedom Coalition partners issued a statement calling out the Hong Kong authorities' suppression of human rights, freedom of speech and free flow and exchange of opinions and information that further undermine confidence in Hong Kong's international reputation.

As set out in the latest Six-Monthly Report published on the 31 March, the UK will continue to speak out when China breaches its legally binding agreements and when it breaks its promises to the people of Hong Kong. We urge China to honour their international commitments, including the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

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