Joint statement on arrests in Hong Kong

  • Joint Statement
  • Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Australia
  • The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
  • The Rt Hon Dominic Raab, MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, United Kingdom
  • Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States
10 January 2021

We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, underscore our serious concern at the mass arrests of 55 politicians and activists in Hong Kong for subversion under the National Security Law. 

The National Security Law is a clear breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermines the 'One Country, Two Systems’ framework. It has curtailed the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong. It is clear that the National Security Law is being used to eliminate dissent and opposing political views.

We call on the Hong Kong and Chinese central authorities to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong without fear of arrest and detention. It is crucial that the postponed Legislative Council elections in September proceed in a fair way that includes candidates representing a range of political opinions.

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