France will not ratify its extradition treaty with Hong Kong after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) passed a controversial national security law, the French announced on Monday.
“In view of the latest developments, France will not proceed as it stands with the ratification of the extradition agreement signed on May 4, 2017, between France and the Hong Kong Special Administrative region,” said a statement (in French) from France’s Foreign Ministry.
The text, which is the transcript of a press conference response, stressed that the national security law for Hong Kong was “a change that compromises the inherited framework of the 1997 handover” to the CCP by the British government, and also challenged the principle of “one country, two systems,” respect for Hong Kong’s “high degree of autonomy” and “related fundamental freedoms.”
The Hong Kong national security law was passed on June 30 this year by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.
The law was imposed by the CCP after mass demonstrations in the autonomous city following the CCP’s advance on people’s freedoms.
In fact, different governments and human rights NGOs have warned that the regulations seek to silence the civil liberties enjoyed by the island’s citizens.
New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Germany have already suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong since the introduction of the controversial security law.
Postponement of elections and international condemnation
On July 31 the CCP announced that it was postponing for one year the legislative elections due to take place in Hong Kong on Sept. 6 using the CCP Virus as an argument. This is in addition to the disqualification of pro-democracy candidates, the arrest of students and the exile of opposition figures.
The U.S. government condemned the postponement as “the latest in a long list of promises not kept by Beijing, which had promised autonomy and respect for the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.”
The United States condemns the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone the elections. “There is no valid reason for such a lengthy delay,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
In a statement released Saturday, Pompeo criticized the CCP’s advance over the region and said Hong Kong is likely to “never again be able to vote.”
He also said the Chinese dictatorship has “no intention” of maintaining the commitments made with the Hong Kong people and the United Kingdom.
If the elections are not held until September 2021, the secretary of state assured that Hong Kong will become another “Communist-run city in China.”