As a co-signatory of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, the UK has a unique legal right, as well as a historical and moral responsibility, to hold China to its promises and to uphold Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms as guaranteed in this international, legally binding treaty.
The Joint Declaration stipulates that China’s basic policies regarding Hong Kong would "remain unchanged for 50 years”. It also laid down the "One Country Two Systems" framework by which Hong Kong would retain a high degree of autonomy and enjoy executive, legislative and independent judicial power, including that of final adjudication. But over the last 22 years since the 1997 handover, these guarantees have come under increasing assault by actions of the Hong Kong Special Adminstrative Region government, under the direction of Beijing. Please see our video and the factsheet for more details.
Britain must take issue with China on any breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. To advocate for the UK government to act, please ask your MP to support the following statement:
“We call on the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to make a clear statement that in its handling of events in Hong Kong, China has demonstrably contravened the provisions of the Sino-British Declaration and as such is in breach of international law.”
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