Hong Kong slams UK over ‘slander’, after British government says city’s legal system at ‘critical juncture’ under national security law
Authorities issue strongly worded statement, hitting back at claims made over rights and freedoms in Britain’s latest six-monthly report on Hong KongIn paper, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly levels criticisms over ‘opaque national security law’ and its impact on legal systemHong Kong politicsNatalie WongandJess MaPublished: 11:35pm, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP
Hong Kong slammed the UK on Tuesday over “slander”, after the British government said the city’s legal system was at “a critical juncture” under the application of the national security law and rights were “under significant pressure”.
Authorities issued a strongly worded statement late in the evening, hitting back at claims made in Britain’s latest six-monthly report on Hong Kong.
“The government strongly disapproves of and firmly opposes the United Kingdom for recasting an old trick, using a so-called six-monthly report to … slander the city. Its politically motivated gimmick that overrides the rule of law has been obvious to all,” a spokesman said.
“The Hong Kong government once again urges the United Kingdom to understand the truth, obey international law and basic principles of international relations, and immediately cease interfering into Hong Kong affairs that belong solely to the internal affairs of China.”
Hong Kong also refuted claims that the city’s electoral revamp, including changes for district councils, had limited the ability of the legislature to “hold the executive to account”.