Police in Hong Kong on Sunday charged 47 former democracy activists with conspiracy to subvert state energy underneath a draconian nationwide safety regulation imposed by China final yr.
The 47 charged on Sunday have been amongst greater than 50 individuals arrested in January. These arrests drew outrage in the West, with governments accusing Beijing of violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration that underpinned the switch of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the UK to China.
In a press release, the EU condemned the fees, calling them a matter “of nice concern.”
“The character of those costs makes clear that authentic political pluralism will now not be tolerated in Hong Kong,” Nabila Massrali, a European Fee spokeswoman, mentioned in the assertion.
“The EU urges Hong Kong and Beijing authorities to abide by their commitments to basic freedoms and the rule of regulation, as enshrined in the Primary Regulation and the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The EU requires the quick launch of these arrested,” the assertion mentioned.
Stuart Lau contributed reporting.