International Community Condemns China's Ousting of Hong Kong Legislators
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International Community Condemns China’s Ousting of Hong Kong Legislators

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China’s new rules disqualifying elected legislators in Hong Kong violates democracy

The Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States Secretary of State reiterate their serious concerns regarding China’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong. 

Following the imposition of the National Security Law and postponement of September’s Legislative Council elections, this decision further undermines Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and rights and freedoms.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam (centre) with Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng (left) and Secretary for Security John Lee (right). Photo: GovHK

China’s action is a clear breach of its international obligations under the legally binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration. It breaches both China’s commitment that Hong Kong will enjoy a high degree of autonomy and the right to freedom of speech. 

The disqualification rules appear part of a concerted campaign to silence all critical voices following the postponement of September’s Legislative Council elections, the imposition of charges against a number of elected legislators, and actions to undermine the freedom of Hong Kong’s vibrant media. 

The gang of five are calling on China to stop undermining the right of the people of Hong Kong to elect their representatives in keeping with the Joint Declaration and Basic Law. For the sake of Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity, it is essential that China and the Hong Kong authorities respect the channels for the people of Hong Kong to express their legitimate concerns and opinions.

As a leading member of the international community, Canada expects China to live up to its international commitments and its duty to the people of Hong Kong. “We urge the Chinese central authorities to reconsider their actions against Hong Kong’s elected legislature and immediately reinstate the Legislative Council members.” In a statement from Global Affairs Canada

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