Five allies of Canada – U.S.,U.K., New Zealand and Australia are calling on Hong Kong government to restore the disqualified candidates and hold it’s Legislative Council Elections as early as possible.
Foreign ministers from the Five Eyes countries issued a statement on the erosion of human rights in #HongKong: "We the Foreign Ministers of … are gravely concerned by the Hong Kong government’s unjust disqualification of candidates and … https://t.co/rR3MRS6wTz
— William Yang (@WilliamYang120) August 9, 2020
The foreign Ministers of the countries mentioned above issued a joint statement on Sunday saying that they all are ‘deeply concerned’ about the issue and found it ‘unjust disqualification of candidates and disproportionate postponement of Legislative Council of Elections’.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced that the date Sept. 6 for Legislative Council election for seats have been postponed for an year due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in a large number.
Here’s our joint statement: pic.twitter.com/of5ChshXdG
— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) August 9, 2020
Hong Kong on 30 July cited reasons including the collusion with foreign forces and in opposition to the newly imposed National Security Law by China. Moderate Democrats were targeted and observed an upsurge against city’s electoral freedom.
The move came after the communist rulers in Beijing announced the National Security Laws.
Critics believed that it could break China further onto collision path with the west.But the government believed there could be more disqualification. They also believed that this move could break and curb the ascendency of Young Democrats elected after the lower level district council elections.
The foreign affairs ministers said the moves have “undermined the democratic process that has been fundamental to Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity.” “We support the legitimate expectations of the people of Hong Kong to elect Legislative Council representatives via genuinely free, fair and credible elections,” the statement reads.
The U.S. is joining like-minded countries in expressing our concerns about Hong Kong’s National Security Law and the erosion of fundamental rights and liberties in Hong Kong. We urge their government to hold Legislative Council elections as soon as possible.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 9, 2020
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.”
Foreign Ministry of The UK government wrote on Twitter about the unjust disqualification and took a dig against HongKong’s government altogether.
Alongside Australia, Canada, New Zealand & US we have made clear our grave concern at the postponement of Hong Kong’s elections & unjust disqualification of opposition candidates. Authorities must uphold democratic rights & freedoms enshrined in Basic Lawhttps://t.co/QPlkL5HJYm
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) August 9, 2020
UK and Allies call for just democratic decision from HongKong.