Closed petition Sanction individuals responsible for Sino-British Joint Declaration breaches

We call upon the UK Government to sanction any officials and civil servants who are engaging in actions which contribute to breaches of rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong.

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As a signatory, the UK has to take responsibility to monitor China’s implementation. We want the UK Government to implement sanctions to pressure the Chinese regime not to undermine the rules of law, democracy and autonomy of Hong Kong and protect the interests of the British in Hong Kong.

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Government responded

This response was given on 2 August 2023

We keep all sanctions designations under close and regular review. We do not speculate about future sanctions designations, as to do so could reduce their impact.

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We have been clear on our strong opposition to the continued erosion of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong. Actions by the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities, including China’s imposition of the National Security Law, have stifled opposition and criminalised dissent. Alternative voices in Hong Kong’s executive, legislature, civil society and media have been all but extinguished. Changes to electoral rules have further eroded the ability of Hong Kongers to be legitimately represented at all levels of government.

China is in ongoing non-compliance with the legally-binding Sino-British Joint Declaration. The Foreign Secretary outlined our objections to Chinese Vice President Han Zheng on 5 May and at the UN Human Rights Council in February.

The UK will continue to stand up for the rights of the people of Hong Kong, as we have demonstrated by introducing the bespoke immigration route for British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) status holders and their eligible family members. As of 31 March, 172,500 applications have been made and 166,420 visas granted.

We have taken a number of measures in response to the situation in Hong Kong, such as suspending our extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extending our arms embargo on mainland China to Hong Kong.

We will continue to act as a convening power, bringing our international partners together to stand up for the people of Hong Kong and to call out the violations of their rights and freedoms. We keep all sanctions designations under close and regular review. However, it is not appropriate to speculate about future sanctions designations as to do so could reduce their impact.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

MPs debate the future of human rights in Hong Kong

On Tuesday 23 January, MPs took part in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of Human Rights in Hong Kong. The debate was led by Tim Loughton MP. The Minister of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, responded to the debate on behalf of the Government.

What is a Westminster Hall debate?

Westminster Hall is the second chamber of the House of Commons. Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local and national issues and receive a response from a government minister. Westminster Hall debates are general debates that do not end in a vote.

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