Petition urges France to strip Carrie Lam of civil honor

Hong Kong | 14 Jun 2019 5:38 pm

An online petition on has urged French President Emmanuel Macron to revoke Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's distinction as an Officer of the Legion of Honor – the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits – for pushing the extradition law amendment.

"We believe that Ms. Lam’s leadership in pushing a controversial extradition bill that would endanger the human rights of Hong Kong residents and French nationals in Hong Kong, and her government’s violent suppression of peaceful dissent, should disqualify her from continuing on holding this distinction," the petition said.

"Whatever her past record may be, she is clearly no longer the 'model government leader and civil servant' that the Consul General of France, Arnaud Barthélémy once praised her as. Her actions as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong have gravely undermined, rather than contributed to, the French national ideals of freedom and equality for all."

Lam, the then Chief Secretary, was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor in 2015 for her civil service record and her contributions to support French presence in Hong Kong.

As at 5:15pm today, more than 100,000 people have signed the petition.

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