- The Five Eyes condemned what they called "part of a concerted campaign to silence all critical voices following the postponement of the elections to the Legislative Council."
- The five nations have thus asked China to stop undermining the rights of the Hong Kong people to elect their representatives.
- Elsewhere, three ex-lawmakers in Hong Kong were arrested on Wednesday morning over May and June incidents when a foul-smelling liquid was thrown in the city's legislature.
The Five Eyes alliance, comprising of the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, issued a joint statement on Wednesday, in which they expressed their “grave concern” over the autocratic actions of China against Hong Kong. The statement was issued through their respective foreign ministers.
Notably, the statement mentioned the imposition of the National Security Law on the city, the postponement of September elections, and China’s recent disqualification of four pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong.
“Following the imposition of the National Security Law and the postponement of September’s Legislative Council elections, this decision further undermines Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and rights and freedoms.”
The said five nations, represented by their respective foreign ministers, have stated that the actions by China on Hong Kong further undermine the degree of autonomy of the former British colony.
They added that China’s action “is a clear breach of its international obligations” under the UK-China Joint Declaration signed between the two countries before the territory was handed back to Beijing in 1997. It added that “the disqualification rules appear part of a concerted campaign to silence all critical voices.”
“We urge Chinese central authorities to re-consider their actions against Hong Kong’s elected legislature and immediately reinstate the Legislative Council members,” they said.
The recent arrests, as well as the expulsions of parliamentarians and actions to undermine freedom of the media, “appear to be part of a concerted campaign to silence all critical voices following the postponement of the elections to the Legislative Council.”
The five nations have thus asked China to stop undermining the rights of the Hong Kong people to elect their representatives, an essential action for the people to express their concerns and opinions legitimate for the sake of stability and prosperity.
Finally, the nations have expressed their optimism and hope that China being a prominent member of the international community will “live up to its international commitments,” for which they urge the authorities to “reconsider their actions” and reintegrate the members of the Legislative Council.
Just a week ago, the Chinese central authorities approved a resolution authorizing the dismissal of deputies for promoting Hong Kong’s independence or involvement in actions contrary to the National Security, which has since resulted in the expulsion of Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka Ki, Kenneth Leung, and Alvin Yeung.
Elsewhere, three ex-lawmakers in Hong Kong were arrested on Wednesday morning over May and June incidents when a foul-smelling liquid was thrown in the city’s legislature.
The pro-democracy former legislators’ Ted Hui, Ray Chan and Eddie Chu Hoi-dick confirmed their arrests on their Facebook pages.
Their arrests came after Hong Kong’s opposition lawmakers resigned en masse last week protesting the dismissal of four of their colleagues, an action seen as another manouvre by China to suppress democracy in the city.