5 nations jointly condemn erosion of HK’ democratic, human rights

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AMID accusation of  PRC’s  effort to  interfere incoming US presidential election, four friendly nations have joined  Trump administration in  expressing ‘’grave concern over unjust disqualification of candidates and disproportionate postponement of Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong.’’  In a joint statement, the Governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The United Kingdom and  The United States of America say these moves have undermined the democratic process that has been fundamental to Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity.’’ We the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State are gravely concerned by the Hong Kong government’s unjust disqualification of candidates and disproportionate postponement of Legislative Council elections’’. They condemned the imposition of the new National Security Law by Beijing eroding the Hong Kong people’s fundamental rights and liberties. ‘’We support the legitimate expectations of the people of Hong Kong to elect Legislative Council representatives via genuinely free, fair, and credible elections.  We call on the Hong Kong government to reinstate the eligibility of disqualified candidates so that the elections can take place in an environment conducive to the exercise of democratic rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Basic Law.  Beijing promised autonomy and freedoms under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle to the Hong Kong people in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a U.N.-registered treaty, and must honour its commitments.  We urge the Hong Kong government to hold the elections as soon as possible, said the statement released on August 9 by the US State Secretary Mike  Pompeo. Image courtesy to Newscast Pratyaksha.

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