UK urges Hong Kong government to reinstate candidates, hold elections

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain called on the Hong Kong government on Sunday to reinstate disqualified candidates and hold legislative council elections as soon as possible, in a joint statement with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Britain issues warning over threats to Hong Kong freedoms

In a meeting with Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said that Hammond would restate “support for Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, rights and freedoms”, as well as commitment to the Sino-British joint declaration which protects Hong Kong’s liberties.

UK Condemns Disqualification of Anti-Beijing Candidates in Hong Kong, Demands Elections Go Ahead

UK foreign minister Dominic Raab said in a letter entitled ‘Hong Kong: Statement on the Erosion of Rights’ that he and his counterparts from the other signatory countries were concerned over the disqualification of certain candidates in elections scheduled to take place in the special administrative region. 

‘Five Eyes alliance’ slams postponement of Hong Kong polls

The Hong Kong opposition had expected to make gains on the back of widespread resentment about the controversial security law. The legislation — to punish what China defines as secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign powers — was widely criticized by opponents and Western countries as damaging to citizens’ rights.

Hong Kong elections: UK and allies condemn moves to ‘undermine democracy’

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Hong Kong leader refuses to explain UK journalist’s visa denial

While insisting that “freedom of expression, freedom of reporting, are core values in Hong Kong”, Lam said her government would “not tolerate advocacy of Hong Kong independence, which threatens national security, territorial integrity and development interests”.

China’s grip on Hong Kong eroding its status as financial hub, investors believe

“We desperately wish to see Hong Kong retain its status as a location where under the one country, two systems, the basic law is respected – it continues to be upheld by an independent judiciary, that we want to see those key principles retained because that’s what’s made Hong Kong such an important centre for […]

Hong Kong media freedoms in spotlight as FT journalist denied visa

Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have said the notion of independence is inconsistent with the principle of “one country, two systems” under which the territory has been governed since Britain handed it back to China in 1997. The principle promises Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed elsewhere in China.

Reporting on Hong Kong: ‘What will happen to this wonderful city?’

The series of demonstrations began with the goal of withdrawing an extradition bill proposed by the Hong Kong government. If enacted, the bill would allow local authorities to detain and extradite people who are wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with, including mainland China and Taiwan. The goal of the […]

China’s Great Firewall descends on Hong Kong internet users

“We had freedom before and now it is being taken away. It is extremely painful for me to experience that,” said Glacier Kwong, a digital rights activist. “There will be a loss of information available to the public because people are afraid to speak up. They are controlling the discourse, how people can think about […]