Europe MPs hit HK with call for export controls

Top News | Stella Wong 19 Jul 2019

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for "export control mechanisms" on technologies "used to violate human rights in Hong Kong" amid the fugitive bill controversy.

In response, China "strongly condemned, deplored and firmly opposed" the resolution and urged the parliament to stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs.

The resolution calls for the European Union, its states and the international community to "work toward the imposition of appropriate export control mechanisms to deny China, and in particular Hong Kong, access to technologies used to violate basic rights."

It also calls on the SAR government to respond to three of the five demands issued by protesters: to withdraw the fugitive bill, to immediately release and drop all charges against "peaceful protesters," and to set up an independent investigation of police using excessive force.

It strongly condemned "the constant and increasing interference by China in Hong Kong's internal affairs."

However, the Commissioner's Office of the Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong said the motion "ignores the facts and confounds right and wrong."

It added: "The motion turns a blind eye to the appalling violence committed by the rioters, of which there is solid evidence, and shrugs off the assault and trauma the Hong Kong police have suffered.

"On the contrary, it openly glorifies and condones the violent and illegal acts, and brazenly presses the SAR government not to hold the offenders accountable in accordance with the law."

It said the motion leaves people wondering whether "these MPs have any basic sense of justice, moral principle, or respect for the rule of law."

The ministry added: "It is evidently out of ulterior motives that the MPs have distorted the truth by discrediting one country, two systems and the central government's Hong Kong policy."

Emphasizing that Hong Kong is part of China, it urged the MPs to respect China's sovereignty and security "for the sake of their image and the EU's interests in Hong Kong."

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the Sino-British Joint Declaration is still in force and should be respected.

stellast.wong@singtaonewscorp.com

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