tirsdag 2. april 2019

Letter to Hong Kong's Carrie Lam: Government Should Postpone Vote on Extradition Amendments

"Dear Chief Executive Lam, 

As president of Freedom House, I am writing to urge you to postpone the vote and extend the consultation period for the proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance. We understand that the Hong Kong government intends to put these amendments before the Legislative Council for voting on April 3.

While we are pleased to see that the scope of the crimes covered has been narrowed compared with the original proposal, we remain extremely concerned over the lack of human rights safeguards in the current draft and the potential dangers it poses to Hong Kong residents."