Washington is "concerned" about the extradition project between Hong Kong and China
11:19 - 11/06/2019
Washington expressed "deep concern" over a draft law on security cooperation between Hong Kong and China, which allows extradition exchanges.
"The demonstrations, in which hundreds of thousands of people took part, have clearly demonstrated public opposition to this text, which could undermine Hong Kong's autonomy," said State Department spokesman Morgan Ortigas.
She noted that the United States shared many Hong Kong people's concerns about the lack of safeguards in the proposed amendments, which could have negative consequences for Hong Kong's established tradition of protecting human rights.
Washington is also concerned about the economic environment in Hong Kong and its citizens who are permanently residing in the administrative area or who are going to visit because "they will be subject to China's erratic justice system."
The Hong Kong authorities confirmed on Monday they had no intention of breaking the law, despite hundreds of thousands of protesters taking to the streets on Sunday to protest.
Officials in the Hong Kong government have repeatedly defended the amendment, asserting that the proposed amendments include appropriate safeguards, including the protection of independent local judges who will consider each case before extradition is approved.
Foreign governments have expressed concern about the bill and warned of its potential impact on Hong Kong's reputation as an international financial center, as it could pose a threat to foreigners wanted in China while in Hong Kong.
It should be noted that the draft law does not include the extradition of those who may be subjected to political or religious persecution or torture and are threatened with death