March 12, 2021
We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States and the High Representative of the European Union, unanimously expressed their serious concern over the decision to remove the Chinese authorities. Democratic elements of the electoral system in Hong Kong in a fundamental way. Such a decision suggests that authorities in mainland China are determined to silence dissenting voices and attitudes in Hong Kong.
The package of changes approved by the National People’s Congress, along with the mass arrests of democratic activists and politicians, undermines Hong Kong autonomy, a country’s high degree, two systems. The package of measures would also suppress political pluralism, which opposes the goal of universal suffrage, which is enshrined in the Basic Law. In addition, the change would limit the freedom to speak – a right set in the British-Chinese joint declaration.
The people of Hong Kong must be trusted to deliberately cast their vote in the interests of Hong Kong. To ensure stability and prosperity in Hong Kong, dealing with different perspectives is the right way to press and hold them.
We call upon China to act in accordance with the British-Chinese Joint Declaration and its other legal obligations and to respect fundamental rights and freedoms in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law. We also call on the authorities in China and Hong Kong to restore confidence in Hong Kong’s political institutions and to end undue oppression of those who advocate democratic values and protect rights and freedoms.