UK: More MPs Raise Concern about Article 23 Legislation in Hong Kong

Norman Baker MP said in a letter to a practitioner on 28 November: "I read you letter with much interest and I agree with many of the points you have raised. I have been keeping a close eye on the situation as this area has been of much interest to me and I agree that the recent developments are very worrying."

Archy Kirkwood MP wrote on 27 November: "Thank you very much for your letter about the future implementation of powers under Article 23 of the Hong Kong Basic Law. I can appreciate the widespread concern about this matter and have already written to the Government to ask that representations be made to the Chinese Government as a matter of urgency."

Oona King MP wrote on 19 November: "I agree with the [UK] Government in opposing the Chinese suppression of religions and practices such as Falun Gong."

Another MP wrote on 27 November: "It is important to recognise the right of individuals to enjoy life's freedoms without fear of persecution or violation of basic human rights"

Jeremy Corbyn MP, a Vice Chairman of the All Party Human Rights Group, said in his letter of 26 November: "As Vice Chair of the All Party Human Rights Group such violations of human rights trouble me enormously. The subject was raised at a recent meeting in the House [UK Parliament, House of Commons] with (Mary Robinson's new replacement) the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Mr Sergio Vieira de Mello who certainly appeared to take the matter seriously."

Mr Nigel Jones MP has written to other Foreign Office officials about the Article 23 legislation.

You are welcome to print and circulate all articles published on Clearharmony and their content, but please quote the source.