Q: On Wednesday, the Hong Kong police arrested 5 members of the 612 Humanitarian Reduction Fund, together with the 90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen, for “collusion with overseas forces.” These arrests occurred three days after the election of John Lee as Hong Kong Chief Government. A former police officer and Secretary for Safety, he crushed the 2019-2020 demonstrations. Does France see a hyperlink?
A: The arrest of Hong Kong civil society figures together with Cardinal Joseph Zen, lawyer and former lawmaker Margaret Ng and singer Denise Ho sends a troubling sign in regards to the respect for particular person liberties enshrined in Hong Kong’s Primary Regulation. We’re monitoring the scenario carefully and name on Hong Kong’s authorities to respect human rights and basic freedoms, notably the appropriate to a good trial.
As for Sunday’s election in Hong Kong, please seek the advice of the Declaration by the Excessive Consultant on behalf of the European Union on the Chief Government Election held on 8 Could in addition to the G7 Overseas Ministers’ Assertion on the Hong Kong Chief Government Choice, issued on Could 9.