Monday 20 July 2020 / 5:09 PM Foreign Policy / Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy responds to Government announcement on Hong Kong extradition treaty suspension

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement that it will suspend the UK’s extradition treaty with Hong Kong, said:

“The suspension of extradition is welcome and will offer much-needed assurance to the Hong Kong diaspora and pro-democracy activists most at risk from new national security legislation. It sends a clear message that the UK will continue to stand with the people of Hong Kong and take the necessary action to safeguard their rights.

“But today’s announcements must be part of a wider strategic approach to dealing with China. The Government should accelerate the timetable for Magnitsky sanctions to be imposed on Chinese officials involved in the persecution of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang. And UK must work with democratic partners around the world to ensure a coordinated international response that enables BNO passport holders, pro-democracy activists and the people of Hong Kong to travel without the fear of arrest and extradition.”