onsdag 12. juni 2019

What Would Amending Hong Kong’s Law on Extradition Mean for International Non-Profits?

Hong Kong legislators are currently engaged in a fierce struggle over the proposed passing of a bill that would expand Hong Kong’s policy to allow for extradition, on a case-by-case basis, to countries with which the territory does not have formal agreements. One such country is China. Since the 1997 handover, Hong Kong’s extradition law has explicitly excluded the possibility of extradition to mainland China, but the amendments currently being debated would change that.

The international business community has spoken out against the revisions, arguing that the proposed changes would undermine the legislative independence of Hong Kong, while risking the security of foreign businesses and organizations operating within the city. Citizen-led protests erupted in March after the amendments were first raised in February and have continued since. A physical brawlbroke out between opposing lawmakers on the Legislative Council floor last week.