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NEWSLETTER: EU and France Leaders Meet China, US Meets Taiwan, and UK Calls for Global Hostages...

Committee News

The Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong (CFHK) Foundation wrote a letter to the British Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Secretary of State Lucy Frazer MP and Minister for Sport Stuart Andrew MP about Beijing’s sportswashing at the upcoming Hong Kong Soccer Sevens. The UK government should not condone Britain’s Premier League athletes’ participation in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens and other global sporting events which are hosted by authoritarian regimes who continue to abuse human rights worldwide.

The British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee released the report, Stolen years: combatting stage hostage diplomacy, which finds that the British government fails to hold accountable countries and territories guilty of state hostage taking. The CFHK Foundation’s Director of the UK & EU, Mark Sabah, said, “I want to applaud Alicia Kearns MP and the Foreign Affairs Committee for this important report. It is a tacit criticism of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s policies that do not do enough to support British citizens who are being held hostage and leveraged as diplomatic tools.”

Finn Lau, Chairman of the first-ever UK-Hong Kong Summit and Founder of Hong Kong Liberty, wrote in the CFHK Foundation blog, “It was truly inspiring to bring together over 160 people and more than 60 civil society organisations from across the UK who share a common passion for freedom in Hong Kong and a desire to integrate with their local communities in the UK”.

Hong Kong

John Lee said Hong Kong’s latest rally was “orderly, safe, and lawful”, endorsing the strict conditions that are now being imposed on protesters. The Chief Police Commissioner will decide whether to allow future demonstrations based on their perceived risks.

Hong Kong’s security chief saidthat critics of Hong Kong authorities' required ID tags for protesters “hope to endanger national security”.

Many journalists in Hong Kong’s largest press group reported being followed by unidentifiable men. When asked about this harassment during a press conference, John Lee refused to recognise the continued erosion of Hong Kong’s free press.

The Hong Kong authorities claimed that the number of National Security Law arrests is small in proportion to the population. Not one individual should be detained for selling children’s books, publishing newspaper articles, and exercising their rights under international law.