A member of the German Green Party on Monday called on the country’s government to suspend an extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to a new controversial security law that obliges the region to subject to the Chinese legal system.
Germany must stop “extraditing people to Hong Kong,” green member of the European Parliament (MEP) Reinhard Bütikofer said in an interview with Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.
Germany has signed an extradition bill with Hong Kong – and not with China – “for good reason,” said Bütikofer. “Because we don’t trust the Chinese legal system.”
“We cannot, very seriously, hand over people to this unjust system,” said the Green politician.
‘Nothing left’ from Hong Kong’s autonomy
Australia and Canada has suspended their extradition treaty with Hong Kong.
With new security laws enacted by China and now enacted, special administrative territories will be forced to accept the Chinese legal system, said Bütikofer.
He accused Beijing of massively interfering with Hong Kong’s autonomy.
“Substantially, there is nothing left” of Hong Kong’s autonomy, the MEP said.
EU ministers can’t just ‘shrug’
EU foreign ministers must also explain that they will not just shrug their shoulders as they have done before, Bütikofer said.
The ministers will meet in Brussels on Monday to discuss controversial security laws, together with migration policy and tension with Turkey. This is the first time EU foreign ministers have met in person since the coronavirus crisis began.
The security law allows Chinese authorities to take hard action against all activities that they feel threaten national security, including succession, subversion of state power, local terrorist activities and collaboration with foreign forces to endanger national security. This also gave China greater legal jurisdiction in the semi-autonomous region.
The principle of “one country, two systems” has given special privileges to the financial metropolis, including freedom of speech and assembly, since 1997, when the former British colony was handed over to China.
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