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European Parliament adopts resolution calling for export controls on tech ‘used to violate basic rights’ in Hong Kong

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The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the situation in Hong Kong on Thursday, calling for “appropriate export control mechanisms” on technologies that could be used to violate human rights.
'The European Parliament adopted a  resolution  on the situation in Hong Kong on Thursday, calling for “appropriate export control mechanisms” on technologies that could be used to violate human rights.The proposed resolution “calls for the EU, its Member States and the international community to work towards the imposition of appropriate export control mechanisms to deny China, and in particular Hong Kong, access to technologies used to violate basic rights.” It was passed by a majority of parliamentarians, who raised their hands in support.Photo: May James.The resolution was jointly proposed by several groups across the political spectrum.Members of parliament from countries including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Cyprus spoke in support of the resolution during the 20-minute debate.Reinhard Bütikofer, a German politician of the Greens–European Free Alliance, said that EU foreign policy should be based on fundamental values such as human rights, rule of law and democracy.Reinhard Bütikofer.Photo: Screenshot. “When we see people rising in defence of their civic and human rights, we as Europeans must express our solidarity, and this is what we do with the people of Hong Kong through this resolution,” he said.They called upon Hong Kong to completely withdraw the controversial extradition bill,  which has sparked weeks of protest and unrest.The group called for an immediate release of peaceful protesters and for charges against them to be dropped.In line with demonstrators’ demands, they also urged for an independent investigation into the use of force by the Hong Kong police, as well as universal suffrage for the city under the Basic Law.The banner leading the march reads: “Support the young, protect Hong Kong” at a protest on July 17.Photo: May James.The  extradition bill  would allow the city to handle case-by-case fugitive transfers to jurisdictions with no prior arrangements, including China.Critics have said residents would be at risk of extradition to the mainland, which lacks human rights protections.Chief Executive Carrie Lam declared the bill “ dead ” last week, but did not enact any mechanism to withdraw it. ‘Unnecessary’ force Antony Hook, a British politician of the Renew Europe Group, said Hong Kong police has used force and violence against protesters that were “unnecessary.” Antony Hook.Photo: Screenshot. “We say to the people of Hong Kong that the people of Europe stand with you.We say to the government of Hong Kong and China that we implore you to respect the dignity and the rights of every single individual, and then together we can build a world of peace and justice for everyone,” he said.Anna Fotyga, a Polish politician of the European Conservatives and Reformists, said Hong Kong people were afraid of the extradition bill. “I am afraid these protests are to continue unless the situation is solved politically,” she said.Anna Fotyga.Photo: Screenshot.Tonino Picula, a Croatian politician of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, said China has signed a wide range of international human rights treaties. “We have to pursue the dialogue with China to live up to these commitments,” he said.The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s office in Hong Kong has condemned the resolution, saying that Hong Kong issues were China’s internal affairs.Tonino Picula.Photo: Screenshot.A spokesperson of the office said the resolution contained “ignorance, bias and hypocritical double standards.” “The relevant lawmakers recklessly smear ‘One Country, Two Systems’ and the central government’s policy towards Hong Kong – clearly they have turned black into white and have ulterior motives,” it said. . The post European Parliament adopts resolution calling for export controls on tech ‘used to violate basic rights’ in Hong Kong appeared first on Hong Kong Free Press HKFP . Author: Kris Cheng .'

European Parliament to debate enacting export controls on tech ‘used to violate basic rights’ in Hong Kong

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The European Parliament is to debate a resolution on the situation in Hong Kong on Thursday, calling for “appropriate export control mechanisms” to deny access to technologies that could be used to violate human rights.
'The European Parliament is to debate a resolution on the situation in Hong Kong on Thursday, calling for “appropriate export control mechanisms” to deny access to technologies that could be used to violate human rights.The resolution was jointly proposed by several groups across the political spectrum, including the Greens–European Free Alliance, the European Conservatives and Reformists, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the European People’s Party, and the Renew Europe group.They called upon Hong Kong to completely withdraw the controversial extradition bill, which has sparked weeks of protest and unrest.The group called for an immediate release of peaceful protesters and for charges against them to be dropped.In line with demonstrators’ demands, they also urged for an independent investigation into the use of force by the Hong Kong police, as well as universal suffrage for the city under the Basic Law.Photo: Todd R.Darling/HKFP.The proposed resolution “calls for the EU, its Member States and the international community to work towards the imposition of appropriate export control mechanisms to deny China, and in particular Hong Kong, access to technologies used to violate basic rights.” The proposed resolution states that the European Parliament should strongly condemn “the constant and increasing interference by China in Hong Kong’s internal affairs.” It refutes claims by China that the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 is a historic and invalid document, and said that Beijing is still bound in its duty to uphold Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and its rights and freedoms.It also expresses concern over the “steady deterioration of civil rights, political rights and press freedom” in Hong Kong. “[The European Parliament] is deeply concerned by the unprecedented pressure on journalists and their increasing self-censorship with regard, in particular, to coverage of sensitive issues on mainland China or those concerning the HKSAR Government,” it said.Photo: Todd R.Darling/HKFP.Hong Kong protesters have been urging the government to fulfil their five demands since June.The other demands include a  complete withdrawal of the extradition bill , the withdrawal of the  “riot” characterisation of the June 12 protests , the  unconditional release of all arrested protesters , as well as universal suffrage.The  extradition bill  would allow the city to handle case-by-case fugitive transfers to jurisdictions with no prior arrangements, including China.Critics have said residents would be at risk of extradition to the mainland, which lacks human rights protections.Chief Executive Carrie Lam declared the bill “ dead ” last week, but did not enact any mechanism to withdraw it. . The post European Parliament to debate enacting export controls on tech ‘used to violate basic rights’ in Hong Kong appeared first on Hong Kong Free Press HKFP . Author: Kris Cheng .'