Hong Kong

09 Jul: Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Iran

(Source: European Parliament)

Chinese and Hong Kong authorities must stop arresting, harassing and intimidating journalistsSaudi Arabia must stop executing child offendersIran must halt the imminent execution of Swedish-Iranian academic Ahmadreza Djalali

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions on the human rights situation in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Hong Kong, notably the case of Apple Daily

Parliament condemns in the strongest terms the recent forced closure of the Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong, the continued freezing of its assets and the arrests of its journalists. This is yet another step by Chinese authorities to dismantle free …

09 Jul: Hong Kong: Speech on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP Plenary on the case of Apple Daily

(Source: EEAS)

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President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament,

Today’s debate on Hong Kong – as you have all pointed to – is taking place in the week following the first anniversary of the draconian National Security Law.

On June the 24th, Hong Kong’s main pro-democracy media outlet, Apple Daily, printed its final edition, after several of its leading journalists, including the owner, Jimmy Lai, were arrested. This is just the latest step in a severe political deterioration over the past twelve months. Political activists have been imprisoned, opposition parties oppressed, civil servants compelled to take oaths …

23 Jun: Hong Kong: Statement by the Spokesperson on the closure of Apple Daily’s Hong Kong operations

(Source: EEAS)

The closure of Apple Daily’s Hong Kong operations clearly shows how the National Security Law imposed by Beijing is being used to stifle freedom of the press and the free expression of opinions. Its closing seriously undermines media freedom and pluralism, which are essential for any open and free society. The erosion of press freedom is also counter to Hong Kong’s aspirations as an international business hub.

The European Union recalls that these freedoms are enshrined in the Basic Law, and that China made international commitments under the Hong Kong Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration of …

10 Jun: Hong Kong: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system

(Source: EEAS)

The changes to the electoral system adopted by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) in March 2021 and passed by Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on 27 May 2021 are another breach of the “One Country Two Systems” principle. These changes run counter to the commitments to greater democratic representation enshrined in the Hong Kong Basic Law.

This is the latest in a series of decisions adopted by the NPC in relation to Hong Kong since June 2020 that call into question the fundamental freedoms, democratic principles and the political pluralism that are central to Hong Kong’s …