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Germany Suspends Extradition Pact With Hong Kong

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Germany Suspends Extradition Pact With Hong Kong

Germany has suspended its extradition agreement with Hong Kong after the territory’s pro-Beijing government disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates and postponed the legislative elections.

“The decision by the Hong Kong Government to disqualify 12 opposition candidates and to postpone the elections to the Legislative Council represents a further infringement of the rights of Hong Kong’s citizens,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday.

“This move comes after the detention of four activists by the newly established National Security Department, which fills us with concern.”

“In view of these latest developments, we have decided to suspend our extradition agreement with Hong Kong,” he said in a statement.

Germany Suspends Extradition Pact With Hong Kong Agnes Chow, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, Tiffany Yuen Ka-wai, Denise Ho Wan See, Lester Shum, Eddie Chu, Joshua Wong, and Gregory Wong pose for a photo at a campaign event during primary elections for selecting democracy candidates, in Hong Kong, on July 11, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

In an unprecedented move, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, announced earlier on Friday that the 2020 Hong Kong Legislative Council election has been postponed for a year, citing a local surge in CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus cases as the reason.

The postponement trails a mass disqualification on Thursday of key pro-democracy candidates, who were deemed unfit to uphold Hong Kong Basic Law or loyalty to Hong Kong’s government under the Chinese regime.

Germany Suspends Extradition Pact With Hong Kong A riot police officer (R) detains a man (C) during a protest by district councilors at a mall in Yuen Long in Hong Kong on July 19, 2020, against a mob attack by suspected triad gang members inside the Yuen Long train station on July 21, 2019. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, Hong Kong police arrested four students—three males and one female between the ages of 16 and 21—connected to a group that advocated for Hong Kong’s independence.

These were the first known arrests made by a new Hong Kong police unit tasked with enforcing a sweeping new national security law, which punishes actions deemed as secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with maximum life imprisonment.

“We have repeatedly made clear our expectation that China abide by its obligations under international law. This includes ensuring the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Basic Law of Hong Kong. In particular, it includes the right to free and fair elections, which the people of Hong Kong must enjoy,” said the German foreign minister.

Germany Suspends Extradition Pact With Hong Kong Riot police try to clear away people gathered in the Central district of downtown Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, (Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images)

Germany announced on Tuesday it was ceasing exports of military equipment and “dual‑use goods” to Hong Kong, and will “treat the territory in the same way as the rest of the People’s Republic of China.”

The European Union will also review its member states’ extradition arrangements with Hong Kong, according to a statement (pdf) by EU foreign ministers on Tuesday.

Canada, Australia, the United States, the UK, and New Zealand have already suspended their extradition treaties with Hong Kong in response to the national security legislation.

Yinyin Liao and Eva Fu contributed to this report.

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