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5/22, 5:53 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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UK, Australia, Canada express concern on China's HK law

The United Kingdom has on Friday, together with Australia and Canada, announced they've made a joint statement regarding countries’ concerns over the Hong Kong security plan.

The declaration states that the "legally binding [Sino-British] Joint Declaration, signed by China and the UK [in 1984], sets out that Hong Kong will have a high degree of autonomy," and that personal rights and freedoms of the press, assembly or association "will be ensured by law in Hong Kong, and that the provisions of the two UN covenants on human rights (the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) shall remain in force."

The countries added that making a law on Hong Kong’s behalf and excluding its citizens, laws or judiciary "would clearly undermine the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, un under which Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy."

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