UK government calls for sanctions on Hong Kong officials

The British government was asked on Monday to impose sanctions on 16 current and former Hong Kong officials, including CEO John Lee and his predecessor Carrie Lam.

Report (pdf), an event organized by Hong Kong’s all-party parliamentary group, kicked off at parliament on Monday night.

The group has challenged the British government, one of the signatories of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, to accuse Hong Kong authorities of violating the agreement and infringing their rights during protests against the 2019 extradition bill and after Beijing’s imposition of national security. demanded that sanctions be imposed. law.

The report lists 16 individuals, nine of whom are under sanctions from the United States, calling on the UK government to impose economic and travel sanctions on them.

Lam, the region’s former chief executive, is included because she “repeatedly endorsed and endorsed the HKPF’s actions. [Hong Kong Police Force] Used excessive force against protesters during anti-extradition bill protests” and “led the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” [Hong Kong Special Administrative Region] A government that suppresses freedom of expression and assembly in Hong Kong.

The security chief was also responsible for introducing an extradition bill and cracking down on pro-democracy protests, the report said.

The list also includes former Attorney General Teresa Cheng, former Deputy Police Commissioner Chris Tang, former Police Commissioner Stephen Low, former Chief Executive Eric Chan, former Constitutional and Homeland Affairs Commissioner Eric Tsang, and former Deputy Commissioner. increase. US sanctioned police officer Edwina Lau, HKPF National Security Agency former Superintendent Stever Lee.

Other senior officers on the list include Rupert Dover, David Jordan, Justin Shave, Lee Wyman, Yau Nai Kun, Lee Hongman and Michael Chuuk. , Prince Edward Station on 31 August 2019, Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 2019, and Near Legislative Council June 12, 2019. Mob attack on protesters at Yuen Long MTR station on July 21, 2019.

Former city councilman Timothy Lee said at a report launch event that the current list only includes those believed responsible for suppressing freedom of protest in 2019.

Since the UK used its new post-Brexit sanctions regime to impose its own sanctions on Russian and Saudi citizens for the first time in 2020, MPs have called on the government to hold Lamb accountable for human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. He and other officials were lobbied to impose sanctions and forced organ harvesting. From Falun Gong adherents, Uyghurs and other victims.

The Epoch Times has reached out to foreign, federal and development agencies for comment.

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is an Ireland-based reporter focusing on UK news. Lily said she attended the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times for the first time before she focused on the UK in 2020.