German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany suspended the extradition agreement with Hong Kong, considering the postponement of the elections for one year as a human rights violation.

“The Hong Kong government’s decision to disqualify a dozen opposition candidates for the election and postpone the elections to the Legislature is another infringement on the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong,” Maas said, as announced by Reuters on July 31. 

Meanwhile, the leader of the Chinese regime in Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, confirmed the postponement of elections for members of the city’s Legislature, originally scheduled for Sept. 6. 

“We have repeatedly made our expectation clear that China lives up to its legal responsibilities under international law,” said Maas, according to the German newspaper Zeit. 

“This is what the people of Hong Kong are entitled to get,” he added.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists who went into exile, on charges of “incitement to secession and cooperation with foreign forces,” according to China’s state television station CCTV.

It is also said to be looking for the well-known activist Nathan Law, who had taken refuge in the United Kingdom; a former British Consulate employee, Simon Cheng; and activists Ray Wong, Wayne Chan, Honcques Laus and Samuel Chu.

As an expression of their support, many countries rejected the national security law imposed in June by the CCP, which represses the autonomy enjoyed by the Hong Kong people, who have been demonstrating for years to preserve it.

Germany had already been questioned for its inaction on this issue, and its action came after the European Union asked member states to review extradition agreements with Hong Kong.

Hong Kong activist Ray Wong Toi-yeung—who was granted political asylum by German authorities—expressed his relief, since he is one of those requested by the CCP. 

“Shortly before the announcement was made, the German Foreign Ministry contacted me. They assured me that I would definitely not be deported to Hong Kong,” Wong said, according to the South China Morning Post. 

The controversial law imposed by the CCP punishes separatism, terrorism, and cooperation with a foreign power. It also allows for the deployment of CCP security forces in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong was a UK colony until 1997, when it was handed over to the Chinese Communist Party with the commitment that it would respect the rights enjoyed by its inhabitants.

However, the CCP violated the international treaty enshrined in the agreement by imposing the domestic legislation it deemed appropriate. 

The suspension of the extradition agreement announced by Berlin joins similar provisions, taken by countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, in order to control the aggressive actions of the CCP that are of international concern.

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