Hong Kong citizens must be given full British nationality to show Britain's support during protests and to correct the mistakes of the 1997 transfer, senior Tory Tom Tugendhat claims
- The Tonbridge and Malling MP said that the rights should have been expanded in 1997
- Mr. Tugendhat tweeted that it was an error and something & # 39; that needs to be corrected & # 39;
- Comes when police and demonstrators collided with each other on Tuesday evening at Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong citizens should be given full British nationality to show Britain's support during protests, a senior Tory MP said.
Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lower House, said the United Kingdom should extend citizenship rights to Hong Kong Chinese when Britain gave up the colony in 1997.
In a series of tweets, the Tonbridge and Malling MP said it is a & # 39; error that needs to be corrected & # 39; and that the situation in Hong Kong is worrying & # 39; used to be.
It came when the riot police on Tuesday night in violent scenes at Hong Kong airport clashed with pro-democracy protesters, while the crisis in the former British colony gets deeper.
There are creeping fears. Beijing is about to crack down on the demonstrators, while the armed forces are gathering at the border.
Tom Tugendhat, (photo) chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lower House, said the United Kingdom should extend citizenship rights to Hong Kong Chinese when Britain gave up the colony in 1997
In a series of tweets, Mr. Tugendhat explained that full rights of British citizenship should be extended to Chinese in Hong Kong
Pro-democracy protesters block the entrance of the airport terminals after a scuffle with police at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday evening. Hundreds of flights were canceled or suspended
Legal experts say Chinese President Xi Jinping may pave the way to use anti-terrorism laws to crush the demonstrations.
Mr. Tugendhat described the situation in his series of tweets as & # 39; worrying & # 39; and that the & # 39; one country two systems that helped Hong Kong flourish are threatened & # 39 ;.
WHAT DO HONG KONG PROTESTERS WANT?
Apart from the resignation of CEO Carrie Lam, protesters from Hong Kong have listed five demands and continue to urge the government to respond.
These five requirements are:
1. A complete repeal of the extradition law
2. A retreat from the government to its characterization that the protesters & # 39; rioters & # 39; goods
3. Unconditional and immediate release of protesters who were arrested and charges against them withdrawn
4. Establishment of an independent investigation to investigate police violence during conflicts
5. Real universal voting rights
The system described by Mr Tugendhat gives some people on the territory a British national passport, but does not extend to the automatic possibility of living and working in the UK.
Mr. Tugendhat added that the UK has special responsibilities based on the Sino-British Joint Declaration giving Hong Kong an autonomous status until 2047-50 years after reunification with China.
Given that he adds: & # 39; The Basic Law provides the constitutional substantiation of the status of HK. The question now is: what should the world do?
& # 39; The UK has obligations under the Joint Declaration, but its responsibilities go further. These are the actions that we should consider: a) Extend full citizenship rights to the HK Chinese. This should have happened in 1997 and is an error that needs to be corrected.
b) Make it clear with partners that the Joint Declaration is not just a bilateral agreement, but a treaty concluded with the UN and therefore in its own interest. One country, two systems and the basic law cannot be changed in an instant. & # 39;
The Tonbridge and Malling MP adds that the UK should urge China not to use external forces in Hong Kong, and try to find a political situation for the issue.
The protests began in contrast to a bill that would have permitted extraditions to the mainland, but quickly evolved into a broader struggle to reverse a slide of rights and liberties in the South China city.
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