Hong Kong: UK says new confidence law is ‘deeply troubling’

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Some protesters in Hong Kong have called on a UK to help

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab pronounced China’s flitting of a argumentative inhabitant confidence law in Hong Kong is “a grave step”.

He pronounced China had abandoned general obligations by holding new powers that could quell polite liberties.

Hong Kong’s final British governor, Lord Patten, pronounced a pierce had breached agreements done with a UK before a city was handed over in 1997.

Those agreements guaranteed certain rights for 50 years.

“Despite a propelling of a general community, Beijing has selected not to step behind from commanding this legislation. China has abandoned a general obligations per Hong Kong. This is a grave step, that is deeply troubling,” pronounced Mr Raab.

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The unfamiliar secretary pronounced a UK would confirm what transformation to take when it sees a full legislation, that has not nonetheless been published.

Labour’s shade unfamiliar secretary Lisa Nandy told Mr Raab in a House of Commons that he “must not waver” over his responsibilities to a people of Hong Kong.

Mr Raab pronounced that “we entirely intend to see through” skeleton to change visa manners to offer millions of people in Hong Kong a approach to acquire UK citizenship.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pronounced he was “deeply concerned” about a law, though combined he would not be drawn into “sinophobia” over other issues, such as a preference to concede Huawei apparatus to be used in Britain’s 5G mobile information network.

Hong Kong’s arch executive Carrie Lam pronounced a new law would fill gaps in a territory’s inhabitant confidence legislation and would usually impact a tiny series of people.

But with a city carrying seen augmenting disturbance and a widening pro-democracy movement, there are fears a law criminalising secession, overthrow and collusion with unfamiliar army could symbol a finish of a freedoms.

‘Route to citizenship’

Civil liberties, including a right to protest, leisure of debate and a autonomy of a judiciary, were enshrined in a Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution that came into outcome with a finish of British control in 1997.

The 50-year agreement is pronounced to exercise a “one country, dual systems” principle, since it offers Hong Kong rights and freedoms that do not exist in mainland China.

Lord Patten, who oversaw a handover as governor, pronounced a confidence law put an finish to this element and was a extreme crack of a agreement between Britain and China.

The UK has formerly pronounced it will change a immigration manners and offer millions of people in Hong Kong a approach of appropriation UK citizenship if a law is passed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pronounced he would give additional rights to British National (Overseas) pass holders. Around 350,000 people in Hong Kong have this pass and a serve 2.6m are eligible.

They would be authorised visa-free transport to a UK for 12 months, along with a right to work, that “could place them on a track to citizenship,” Mr Johnson said.

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