Germany Suspends Extradition Pact With Hong Kong

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Germany has suspended its extradition settlement with Hong Kong after the territory’s pro-Beijing authorities disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates and postponed the legislative elections.

“The decision by the Hong Kong Authorities to disqualify 12 opposition candidates and to postpone the elections to the Legislative Council represents an extra infringement of the rights of Hong Kong’s citizens,” German Overseas Minister Heiko Maas stated on Friday.

“This move comes after the detention of four activists by the newly established National Security Division, which fills us with concern.”

“In view of these latest developments, we have now decided to suspend our extradition agreement with Hong Kong,” he stated in a press release.

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Agnes Chow, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, Tiffany Yuen Ka-wai, Denise Ho Wan See, Lester Shum, Eddie Chu, Joshua Wong, and Gregory Wong pose for a photograph at a marketing campaign occasion during main elections for choosing democracy candidates, in Hong Kong, on July 11, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

In an unprecedented move, Hong Kong’s Chief Government, Carrie Lam, announced earlier on Friday that the 2020 Hong Kong Legislative Council election has been postponed for a yr, citing an area surge in CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus instances as the rationale.

The postponement trails a mass disqualification on Thursday of key pro-democracy candidates, who have been deemed unfit to uphold Hong Kong Primary Regulation or loyalty to Hong Kong’s government underneath the Chinese regime.

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A riot police officer (R) detains a man (C) during a protest by district councilors at a mall in Yuen Long in Hong Kong on July 19, 2020, towards a mob assault by suspected triad gang members inside the Yuen Long practice station on July 21, 2019. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

On Wednesday, Hong Kong police arrested four students—three males and one female between the ages of 16 and 21—related to a gaggle that advocated for Hong Kong’s independence.

These have been the primary recognized arrests made by a brand new Hong Kong police unit tasked with implementing a sweeping new nationwide security regulation, which punishes actions deemed as secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with most life imprisonment.

“We have now repeatedly made clear our expectation that China abide by its obligations beneath worldwide regulation. This consists of making certain the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Primary Regulation of Hong Kong. Particularly, it consists of the best to free and truthful elections, which the individuals of Hong Kong should take pleasure in,” stated the German overseas minister.

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Riot police attempt to clear away individuals gathered in the Central district of downtown Hong Kong on Might 27, 2020, (Anthony Wallace/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

Germany announced on Tuesday it was ceasing exports of military equipment and “twin‑use goods” to Hong Kong, and can “deal with the territory in the identical means as the remainder of the Individuals’s Republic of China.”

The European Union will even evaluate its member states’ extradition preparations with Hong Kong, in accordance with a press release (pdf) by EU overseas ministers on Tuesday.

Canada, Australia, the United States, the UK, and New Zealand have already suspended their extradition treaties with Hong Kong in response to the national safety laws.

Yinyin Liao and Eva Fu contributed to this report.

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