(Press Release July 15, 2014)
Anson Chan and Martin Lee meet with Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
During their current visit to London, Convenor of Hong Kong 2020, Anson Chan and founder of the Hong Kong Democratic Party, Martin Lee met Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire MP, yesterday (14 July). Chan and Lee briefed the Minister on recent developments in Hong Kong, including the huge numbers who had voted in Occupy Central’s unofficial referendum on universal suffrage and participated in the annual pro-democracy march on 1 July.
They stressed that Hong Kong people are deeply concerned by the contents of the Chinese Central Government’s White Paper on the Practice of One Country Two Systems, which call into question Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy under the Basic Law and threaten the independence of the Judiciary and the rule of law. They also expressed disappointment that these concerns had not been adequately reflected in the UK Government’s latest Six Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong.
They reminded Swire that, as a co-signatory to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the UK has both a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that its terms are upheld. They urged that British government officials speak out more forcefully, to ensure that genuine universal suffrage is achieved for the election of the next Chief Executive in 2017 and that the rights and freedoms guaranteed to Hong Kong people under the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law are preserved.
Caption: Anson Chan and Martin Lee, with Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.