European Union deplores HK national security law

Local | 30 Jun 2020 5:59 pm

The European Union expressed anger today at a decision by Beijing to pass national security legislation for Hong Kong despite an international outcry.

"We deplore the decision," EU Council President Charles Michel told a news conference following a video summit with South Korean President Moon Jae In, reuters reports.

"This law risks seriously undermining the high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong and having a detrimental effect on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law," he said.

The EU has warned of serious consequences over the security law for Hong Kong.

Last week, the European Parliament urged the bloc to take China to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the United Nations' highest legal body, if Beijing went ahead.

Both Michel and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, last week held a video summit with the Chinese leadership and raised the Hong Kong issue.

Following Tuesday's South Korea-EU summit, where Hong Kong was again discussed, von der Leyen said the bloc is now discussing with "international partners" any possible measures in response, but did not go into details.

"We will pay careful attention on how to respond," von der Leyen said.

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