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To: Liz Truss, Department of International Trade; Dominic Raab, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Stand up for Human Rights in Hong Kong

Stand up for Human Rights in Hong Kong

The United Kingdom should show its commitment to human rights in Hong Kong by including a human rights clause in any future trade agreement.

Why is this important?

Human rights and fundamental freedoms are under attack in Hong Kong. In recent years, booksellers have been abducted, pro-democracy candidates disqualified and barred from standing for election, protestors imprisoned, and the free press undermined. A government proposal that will allow Hong Kong people to be extradited to face unjust trials in mainland China was the last straw. This June, millions took to the streets to say that enough is enough.

In 1984, the United Kingdom signed a treaty with China that promised after the handover, Hong Kong people's rights and freedoms will remain unchanged until 2047. But China has broken this promise repeatedly with escalating attacks on Hongkongers' human rights. Recent events are a wake-up call.

The British government has a responsibility under international law to protect human rights in Hong Kong. They must show this commitment post-Brexit, by insisting that a human rights clause is included in a future free trade agreement. This will be the first time the UK has ever negotiated a free trade agreement with Hong Kong: it must take a stand to protect human rights, fundamental freedoms and our shared values.

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Reasons for signing

  • We have to protect the human rights of Hong Kong people who are being victimised by the Chinese. It is only right that we show solidarity.
  • To protect fundamental human rights of people of Hong Kong
  • Because the Chinese government is applying death by a thousand cuts to the political infrastructure of Hong Kong. Exactly what our current Tory government is doing to the NHS.

Updates

2019-08-15 18:06:17 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

2019-07-27 15:17:55 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2019-07-27 12:40:30 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2019-07-27 12:04:43 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2019-07-24 13:10:25 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-07-24 12:46:00 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-07-19 13:23:41 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-07-19 11:13:17 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-07-17 13:51:36 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-07-17 08:39:00 +0100

10 signatures reached