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MPs urge Wimbledon to cut ties with HSBC for failing to condemn China’s crackdown in Hong Kong

MPs urge Wimbledon to cut ties with HSBC as it has failed to condemn China’s crackdown on Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong group calls for tournament to end ‘complicity in human rights abuses’
  • MPs: HSBC ‘profits from human rights violations’ by backing draconian security law
  • HSBC is Wimbledon’s banking partner and sponsors tennis star Emma Raducanu
  • The bank publicly supported legislation that brought the region under a strict Beijing regime

Wimbledon must cut ties with HSBC as the tournament’s banking partner “is complicit in oppression and human rights abuses,” MPs urged today.

Members of the Commons All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hong Kong cited HSBC’s support for the draconian security law that China has imposed on the region.

The London Stock Exchange-listed bank, which has £2.5 trillion in assets in 64 countries, makes most of its money in Hong Kong.

Wimbledon (a full-house Center Court pictured) lists HSBC as its official banking partner

Wimbledon (a full-house Center Court pictured) lists HSBC as its official banking partner

The London-listed bank (Hong Kong HQ pictured) makes most of its money in the Chinese city

The London-listed bank (Hong Kong HQ pictured) makes most of its money in the Chinese city

The MPs’ letter to Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton reads: “This year, when July 1 is the 25th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, we need to show Hongkongers that they are not alone, that those who are fighting their oppression support does not benefit from it’, The Telegraph reported.

Ms Bolton is in favor of ending the partnership and is lobbying colleagues from the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) to do so.

She wrote that HSBC’s support for the crackdown in Hong Kong makes it “complicated in gross human rights abuses in the city.”

AELTC CEO Sally Bolton (pictured, April) said HSBC is 'complicated in gross human rights abuses'

AELTC CEO Sally Bolton (pictured, April) said HSBC is ‘complicated in gross human rights abuses’

“The AELTC encapsulates some of the very best Wimbledon values ​​of integrity and respect,” her own letter to the agency said.

HSBC recently unveiled a new sponsorship deal with British star Emma Raducanu, 19

HSBC recently unveiled a new sponsorship deal with British star Emma Raducanu, 19

“Getting financial support from a bank that profits from human rights violations is a stain on that exemplary reputation.”

HSBC ATMs in Hong Kong were targeted by pro-democracy protesters after the bank spoke out in favor of legislation to bring the self-governed city under Chinese control.

The controversial bill was passed in 2021 after mass demonstrations allowed court cases in closed spaces.

Other controversial features include a new Chinese law enforcement agency in Hong Kong answerable only to Beijing.

Chinese law also now takes precedence over Hong Kong law, where the two clash.

Signatories to the MPs’ letter include Labor member nearby Mitcham and Morden Siobhan McDonagh and ex-Green Party leader Baroness Bennett.

Wimbledon has resisted calls to end its lucrative sponsorship deal with the bank after campaigners spoke out last year against ties to Hong Kong’s security law.

HSBC recently unveiled a new partnership with tennis champion Emma Raducanu.

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