Freedoms of citizens: Canada is deeply concerned for Hong Kong

Libertés des citoyens: le Canada s’inquiète pour Hong Kong

In the company of the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, Canada has criticized on Thursday the imposition of a law in Hong Kong by the chinese communist government that it would reduce its autonomy and the freedoms of its citizens.

“The direct imposition by Beijing in Hong Kong of its legislation in the area of national security, bypassing the institutions of Hong Kong and in breach of article 23 of the basic Law, would reduce the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and, in doing so, it would significantly erode the autonomy, and the system that made it so prosperous,” have made these four countries in a joint statement.

The proposed law that aims to quell the large-scale movement demanding more democracy in Hong Kong violates the agreement of retrocession of the island by the British in 1997 and the framework accepted by the chinese State as “one country, two systems”, according to the four allies.

This legislation would also open up the way for prosecution “for political crimes, and undermines existing commitments to protect the rights of the inhabitants of Hong Kong – including those set out in the international Covenant on civil and political rights and the international Covenant on economic, social and cultural rights”, have added Canada and its three country friends.

They also stress that this initiative is likely to exacerbate “the deep divisions that already exist within the society of Hong Kong”.

This output occurs as a result of the U.s. decision to revoke the special status granted to Hong Kong because of the erosion of freedoms in the former british colony. This decision has been described as “barbaric”, on Thursday, by the chinese ministry of foreign Affairs.

The tension is fierce between China and the United States, particularly in matters of trade.

Canada has made the costs of anger in chinese in the file of Meng Wanzhou, the executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Huawei Meng, who was arrested at the request of the Americans in Vancouver in December 2018 for a matter of fraud. Owned home, the Chinese tries at all costs to avoid his extradition to the United States for trial.

Beijing has criticized Canada for his arrest and launched reprisals, including by holding two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, since more than 500 days, and banishing of the canadian agri-food products.

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