Former Democratic Occasion legislators Andrew Wan, left, Lam Cheuk-ting, second left, and Helena Wong, proper, at a press convention after being launched on bail.
AP Photograph/Kin Cheung, File
The US joined Australia, the UK and Canada on Sunday in condemning the current arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.
Fifty-five individuals — together with American human rights lawyer John Clancey — have been rounded up final week for taking part in unofficial election primaries for legislative elections, in violation of a Chinese language regulation geared toward tamping down dissent in semi-autonomous Hong Kong.
“It’s clear that the Nationwide Safety Regulation is getting used to eradicate dissent and opposing political beliefs,” mentioned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts on the three different nations in a joint letter issued Sunday.
“We name on the Hong Kong and Chinese language central authorities to respect the legally assured rights and freedoms of the individuals of Hong Kong with out concern of arrest and detention.”
These arrested underneath the regulation haven’t been formally charged, and nearly all have been freed with out bail.
Hong Kong’s authorities fired again with an announcement of its personal, defending the applying of the regulation.
“We’re appalled by remarks made by some abroad authorities officers that appeared to recommend that individuals with sure political views must be resistant to authorized sanctions,” the assertion learn.
In 2019, Hong Kong was rocked by months of typically violent protests demanding a extra democratic authorities.
With Publish wires