A gaggle of international lawmakers issued a press release on Thursday condemning the Hong Kong government’s choice to disqualify democratic candidates.
The statement was signed by 68 lawmakers from the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) representing eight European nations and the European Union, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
“The decision to disqualify democratic candidates and the anticipated delay to September’s Legislative Council elections characterize unacceptable obstructions to the democratic course of in Hong Kong and raise additional considerations concerning the erosion of rights and freedoms within the metropolis,” the assertion learn.
“After the extensively condemned imposition of the National Safety Regulation, these actions further curtail of Hong Kong’s way of life and will exacerbate present grievances in the metropolis on the time of elevated rigidity.
“We urge the international group to satisfy this further diminution of Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms with a proportionate response.”
The Hong Kong government earlier disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates from operating in Hong Kong’s upcoming Legislative Council election, together with outstanding activist Joshua Wong.
In a separate statement, the UK Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab also condemned the disqualification of the candidates.
“It's clear they have been disqualified because of their political beliefs, undermining the integrity of ‘One Country, Two Techniques’ and the rights and freedoms guaranteed within the Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Primary Regulation,” he stated.
“The Hong Kong authorities should uphold their commitments to the individuals of Hong Kong.”
In a separate letter to the Overseas Secretary, some UK members of IPAC referred to as for figuring out Hong Kong officials who are chargeable for the “dramatic decline in the metropolis’s autonomy” and including them to the Magnitsky sanctions record, “which is unquestionably justified within the case of Carrie Lam, who bears duty for clear and vital breaches of Hong Kong’s treaty obligations.”
Yinyin Liao and Kat Piper contributed to this report