Hong Kong disqualifies four pro-democracy lawmakers after China ruling Released duration 4 minutes ago
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4 opposition pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong have actually been disqualified with immediate result.
The expulsion came moments after Beijing passed a resolution permitting the disqualification of lawmakers discovered to have supported the city’s independence.
The relocation is being seen as the current attempt by China to limit Hong Kong’s flexibilities.
Other pro-democracy legislators are expected to resign in protest.
What does the resolution say?? The brand-new resolution gone by China’s National Individuals’s Congress Standing Committee says that legislators need to be disqualified if they support Hong Kong independence, refuse to acknowledge China’s sovereignty, ask foreign forces to interfere in the city’s affairs or in other methods threaten national security.
It also allows Hong Kong government to directly eliminate legislators without having to approach the courts.
It comes after China in late June presented a questionable and significant national security law in Hong Kong that criminalised “secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces”.
The law was presented after years marked by waves of pro-democracy and anti-Beijing protests. It has actually currently resulted in numerous arrests of activists and has actually largely silenced protesters.
Who has been disqualified?? The four unseated lawmakers are Alvin Yeung, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok of the Civic Celebration and Kenneth Leung of the Professionals Guild.
” If observing due procedure, protecting systems and functions and defending democracy and human rights would result in the effects of being disqualified, it would be my honour,” Dennis Kwok, told reporters shortly after the news.
They were among 12 legislators who were earlier barred from standing in a legal election before the surveys were postponed to next year.
The group had actually gotten in touch with US officials to sanction those accountable for supposed human rights abuses in Hong Kong.
The city’s pro-democracy legislators have 19 seats in the 70-seat legislature.
What reasons are being provided for their elimination?? Speaking to the media, Hong Kong’s leading authorities, Chief Executive Carrie Lam stated the 4 council members that were disqualified had actually already been discovered to not satisfy the requirements to stand in the now-postponed elections next year.
She added that although she “invites diverse opinions in the Legislative Council” these had to be revealed “in a responsible manner”.
All members would need to be in line with the area’s mini constitution, the Basic Law, and other local legislation consisting of the brand-new national security law, she said.
” We could not permit members of the Legal Council who have actually been judged not to satisfy the requirements to serve in the Legal Council, to continue to serve there.”
She likewise dismissed issues that a mass resignation of the staying pro-democracy lawmakers would turn the Legal Council into a “rubberstamp” body.
What is the background to this?? Hong Kong was a British colony till 1997 when it was returned to Chinese control.
Under the principle of “one country, 2 systems” the area was supposed to preserve more rights and liberties than the mainland up until 2047.
As an Unique Administrative Region, Hong Kong was to have its own legal system, multiple political parties, and rights consisting of liberty of assembly and totally free speech.
In reaction to the security law – passed in response to months of pro-democracy demonstrations – the UK has actually provided a route to British citizenship to citizens still holding a British National Overseas (BNO) passport.
Around 300,000 people currently hold BNO passports, while an estimated 2.9 million individuals born before the handover are eligible for it.