Britain publishes Hong Kong half-yearly report criticizing National Security Law as a violation of the Joint Declaration.

Translator: PureHeart-Yuan; Reviewer: Wencheng

Source: STANDNEWS

Mrs. Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor refutes and thee CCP says “the old colonial dream of interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs”.

Since the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, the UK has published the Hong Kong Biannual Report every six months. On November 23rd, the UK published its 47th report, the first semi-annual report since the implementation of the National Security Act (NSA).

The report notes that the implementation of the [National Security Act] clearly undermines judicial independence in Hong Kong. The UK will be closely monitoring the new legislation and its role in relation to British judges working in the Hong Kong judicial system.

The British side said that the Hong Kong government’s actions such as disqualifying 12 democratic candidates from running for the Legislative Council and delaying the election were politically motivated by the authorities. The suppression and arrest of 7 current and former pan-democratic legislators, and the dismissal of 4 current legislators, which led to the mass resignation of pan-democratic legislators, is a violation of citizens’ rights to assembly and freedom of speech.

The Chinese Communist Party’s Wolf-like Foreign Ministry spokesman rebutted the British side and accused the report of grossly interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs and China’s internal affairs, despite the fact that Hong Kong has already returned to China, smearing and discrediting the Central Government’s policy towards Hong Kong. We would like to tell the British side: Wake up, don’t dream of interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs!

According to the CCP, the National Security Law establishes and improves the legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong, effectively reverses the “black violence” and ends the rampant “Hong Kong independence”, and is widely supported by Hong Kong people and international “righteous people”. The UK, which has its own stringent national security laws, has attacked and interfered with the smooth implementation of Hong Kong’s national security laws, alleging that the UK’s “true colors, which it fears for the well-being of Hong Kong, have been exposed”.

Mrs. Lam issued an urgent rebuttal. Lam criticized the semi-annual report as a “double standard”. The report criticized the SAR government for postponing the Legislative Council election for a year because of the epidemic, and Lam Cheng asked, “Is the safety of Hong Kong voters less important than that of British voters?

Fellow fighter’s comments:

Hong Kong was transferred from Britain to China on the night of July 1, 1997, and since then the British Foreign Secretary (today’s Foreign Secretary) has reported every six months to the British Parliament on the implementation of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which is the “Half-Yearly Report on Hong Kong”.

The report states that the [Sino-British Joint Declaration] guarantees that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will enjoy a high degree of autonomy for 50 years, with the exception of foreign and defence affairs. Under the “one country, two systems” arrangement, Hong Kong will also enjoy independent executive, legislative and judicial powers. Hong Kong’s society, economic system, way of life and various rights and freedoms are also protected by the [Joint Declaration].

The report describes the changes in Hong Kong over the past six months in four main sections: Major Political Developments, Constitutionalism and “One Country, Two Systems”, Legal and Judicial Developments, and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rennie Raab reports that he and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland examined “the appropriateness of continuing to allow British judges to serve as non-permanent judges on Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal”.

Dominic Rennie Raab points out that the National Security Law has already been violated several times by the Sino-British Joint Declaration. The National Security Law has made criticism of the Chinese government illegal. Under the National Security Law, the Hong Kong government can pick and choose its own judges or assign judges, which results in the loss of judicial independence in Hong Kong.

According to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal website, the court currently has two sets of non-permanent judges, one from Hong Kong and the other “eminent judges from other common law jurisdictions,” including eight judges who were born in the United Kingdom.

The above is author’s personal views.

Sources: https://gnews.org/zh-hans/589261/

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