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Heiko Maas explains

Because Hong Kong wants to postpone the parliamentary elections, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has reacted and taken tough consequences.

Berlin – After the postponement of the general election in Hong Kong Germany puts that Extradition agreement with Hong Kong. That shared Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday in Berlin. “We have repeatedly clarified our expectation that China will comply with its obligations under international law”, Maas justified the foreign policy decision. This includes in particular the right to free and fair elections, which people in Hong Kong due.

We expect that #China guarantees the freedoms and rights guaranteed in Basic Law. This includes the right to free and fair elections. So we decided that Extradition agreement With #Hong Kong to suspend.

Had only a few hours earlier Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam announces that the parliamentary election that is actually due in September will be postponed by a year. Lam justified the decision by saying that the number of new corona infections in the Chinese special administrative region has recently increased again. “The pandemic poses a serious threat to Hong Kong,” said the head of government.

Meuse explained the suspension of the extradition agreement as follows: “The decision by the Hong Kong government to disqualify a dozen opposition candidates for the election and postpone the elections to the Legislative Council is another Incision in the rights of Hong Kong citizens. ”It follows the arrest of three activists and one activist who is very concerned about Germany. In view of these current developments, Germany has decided to suspend the extradition agreement with Hong Kong.

To enable the laying, has Lam an almost 100 year old emergency law was applied. The law dates back to British colonial times and has been used only very rarely. The election is now to be postponed to September 5, 2021 by one year. Critics saw the attempt to prevent embarrassment because there is great displeasure about the government camp and the new state security law.

China stands because of it Hong Kong politics internationally difficult to criticize. The new security law was passed in late June. It targets activities that China sees as subversive, separatist, or terrorist. It is also intended to punish “secret agreements” with forces abroad. Hong Kong Democratic opposition assumes that the law targets them. There is fear of an end to the “one country, two systems” principle that the former British crown colony has been administered autonomously and with liberties since it was returned to China in 1997.

We expect that #China guarantees the freedoms and rights guaranteed in Basic Law. This includes the right to free and fair elections. So we decided that Extradition agreement With #Hong Kong to suspend. – Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas pic.twitter.com/VS7Jivh8zM

In the meantime, several states have already responded to the security law with concrete measures, including the USA, Canada and Great Britain. As a rule, extradition agreements were made with Hong Kong suspended and China’s arms embargoes extended to Hong Kong.

The controversial author Thilo Sarrazin was excluded from the SPD. He does not want to let that sit on him and has announced further reactions. (dpa) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network

Rubric list image: © Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP

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