søndag 16. august 2020

National security law: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam cuts ties with University of Cambridge’s Wolfson College

Hong Kong’s leader has rescinded her honorary fellowship from the University of Cambridge’s Wolfson College, severing ties from an institution she accuses of peddling groundless allegations about her. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor issued the snub after the British college expressed concerns last month over her role in the national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in June.

The latest edition of her register of interests showed that her Wolfson College title had been crossed out. On Saturday night, Lam said on her Facebook page that she had written to the college a day earlier to relinquish her fellowship after cancelling her United States visa. She said the president of Wolfson College had previously informed her in a letter that an unknown individual had demanded the revocation of her title, which she was given in 2017.

The chief executive said she believed the college president had been under pressure from British politicians, the media and other groups since Hong Kong’s anti-government protests sparked by the now-withdrawn extradition bill erupted last year.