May 24, 2019
HONG KONG (Reuters) – The European Union Office in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong told Hong Kong’s leader of its concerns on Friday over a proposed extradition law that could see individuals sent back to mainland China for trial.
The proposed legislation has stoked mass protests in the former British colony, which was promised a high degree of autonomy, including an independent judiciary, under a “one country, two systems” formula when it returned to China in 1997.
Critics, including foreign governments, legal and business groups, have expressed fears the law could erode Hong Kong’s rule of law and leave individuals, including foreign nationals passing through the city, vulnerable to being sent back for an unfair trial on the mainland.
The European Office in Hong Kong and Macau said in a brief statement that it had, together with diplomatic representatives from its member states, met with Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam to “carry out a demarche reiterating their concerns regarding the government’s proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s Fugitive Offenders Ordinance”.
The head of the office, Carmen Cano, wasn’t immediately available for comment. There was no immediate comment from Lam’s office.
(Reporting by James Pomfret; Editing by Nick Macfie)