Law on Hong Kong: the Canada warns of a risk of “arbitrary detention”

Loi sur Hong Kong: le Canada met en garde contre un risque de «détention arbitraire»

OTTAWA | The Canada warned Wednesday its nationals in Hong Kong against a risk of “arbitrary detention” and extradition to mainland China, after the adoption by Beijing of the national security act.

“You can be exposed to an increased risk of arbitrary detention for reasons of national security, as well as a possible extradition to mainland China,” warns the canadian government on its official website advice to travellers.

This warning illustrates the increasing concern of western countries to their citizens after the enactment on Tuesday of this new law, condemned by the 27 countries of the Council of human rights of the UN, including France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

The relations between Canada and China are currently at their lowest for years following the arrest in December 2018 in Vancouver, at the request of the american justice, Meng Wanzhou, the financial director of the giant chinese telecom Huawei. A few days after the two Canadians had been arrested in China, Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and consultant and businessman Michael Spavor.

The two men have recently been formally charged with espionage. The procedure for the two Canadians is widely perceived in the West as a measure of retaliation, which China formally denies.

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