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Hong Kong’s fundamental freedoms, rights, rule of law and democracy are under attack. China has breached the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration

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Uphold the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

I am writing, as a member of your constituency, to urge you to ensure that Britain upholds its obligations under the terms of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

This legally binding treaty guaranteed that, for 50 years after 1997, Hongkongers’ rights, freedoms and way of life would be safeguarded by law. In particular, the Joint Declaration guaranteed that Hongkongers would enjoy fundamental freedoms, including freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly, among others.

China has breached the terms of this Declaration on many occasions, eroding the executive, legislative and judicial institutions that are supposed to protect Hongkongers’ civil and political rights and freedoms.

The latest breaches can be observed every day in the context of the recent protests in Hong Kong. While the government has belatedly announced a withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill which sparked the protests, the protests have since evolved into a broader call for autonomy and democracy from the increasing threat of China’s authoritarianism.

This is not least in light of the egregious human rights abuses committed against the Uighurs in Xinjiang and the national surveillance system that Hongkongers view as an existential threat to the freedoms and liberties they are supposedly entitled to enjoy.

Hong Kong’s fundamental freedoms are under attack. Police brutality against protesters and journalists has escalated, shielded by a government that is not accountable to the people.

Aside from the significant presence of a British community in Hong Kong, including both those holding British Citizens and British Nationals (Overseas) passports, Britain has a unique legal, historical and moral responsibility to ensure the Joint Declaration’s implementation. That is why we are calling upon British parliamentarians to impose sanctions on those persons responsible for or complicit in suppressing Hongkongers’ human rights and freedoms. We are also calling upon Britain to include provisions on human rights, civil liberties and democratisation in any post-Brexit agreements with Hong Kong and China. Britain must stand with Hong Kong.

I urge you to write to the Foreign Secretary and press them to take concrete steps in upholding the Joint Declaration and put in place sanctions against those who are involved in undermining freedom in Hong Kong.

Please send a strong message to Her Majesty’s Government that even as the nation undergoes a most challenging time due to Brexit, the UK must also act upon the Hong Kong issue, which is equally crucial and urgent to safeguarding its interests internationally.

Tony Lo

I was born and raised in British Hong Kong, witnessed the Handover, and now I live in fear of false charges from China and political harassment from my own government. I have experienced police tear-gas rounds and baton assaults firsthand, when we were but a group of defenseless protestors. Stand up for us! The UK is the only other party in the Joint-Declaration, only you can stand up against the tyranny in Beijing. Join our fight for human rights and freedom!

Martin Lee

The Chinese government has been saying for years that the Sino-British Joint Declaration ("the Joint Declaration") is no longer effective and they have complete jurisdiction over Hong Kong, which is completely contradictory to the Joint Declaration, which promises Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy. In other words, the Chinese government is violating the "One Country, Two Systems" principle. The Chinese government wants to have its cake and eats it. Stand up for Hong Kong, Stand up for the freedom we all had fought so hard for. If China would not honor its promises on Hong Kong, can you trust it on anything?
Martin Lee is the founding chairman of the Democratic Party and a former legislator. He is commonly known as “Father of democracy” in Hong Kong.

Emily Lau

At a news conference on the Sino-British Joint Declaration over the future of Hong Kong held on 21 December 1984, I asked then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher whether it was morally defensible for the British Government to hand over 5 million people into the hands of a communist dictatorship. Thirty five years later today, the question is as valid as ever. Faced with increasing crackdown on civil liberties, personal safety and the rule of law, many people look to Britain for help. I call on the British Government and Parliament and its allies to speak out loudly against human rights violations and erosion to the rule of law in Hong Kong, to consider banning Chinese and Hong Kong officials from entering the United Kingdom and freezing their assets in the UK. I hope Parliament will also consider giving right of abode or work visas to Hongkongers, particularly holders of British National (Overseas) passports.
Emily Lau is a former chairperson of the Democratic Party and former legislator representing New Territories East.

Part-time Keyboard Fighter, Full-time Working Mum

I stand with Hong Kong using my keyboard. I have two kids, and I want them to enjoy the freedom that I had when I grew up. I hope they will be able to say what they want to say and to be who they want to be without living in fear. Please help tell the world that China is not supposed to interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs, except for defense and foreign affairs! China, hands off Hong Kong!

White-collar Worker

In the past, we never had to worry about what colour shirt we were wearing, or what items we had in our bags. These days, I have to be aware of where the police and security cameras are. When did Hong Kong gain such restrictions? Aren’t we billed as Asia’s World City?

Full time university student

Being a young person feels like a crime these days. After I travelled away from Hong Kong for a holiday, I unexpectedly felt relieved. I could finally use the fingerprint-unlock function on my phone again, I could read my phone messages freely and I could walk on the streets without fear. These trivial details of living have made me feel what freedom really is. Freedom is like the air we breathe; we don’t notice it until it is taken away from us.

Investment Banker

I work overseas and I’ve been following this on a daily, if not hourly, basis. It pains me immensely to see the destruction of a place I call home by a malevolent entity dead-set on denying my people and I our identities and the freedoms for which this entity had expressly agreed to guarantee. In the midst of all this state sanctioned conflict, fear and terrorism, I see hope amongst the oppressed. Everyone, from those on the streets, to those behind the keyboards and those residing in the gleaming skyscrapers, have united for this one moment where we can change the course of history together. To that end, Add Oil Hongkongers!

Business Owner/Keyboard Fighter

I have an overseas passport and since things are going downhill in Hong Kong due to Beijing interference, I had always been thinking of leaving Hong Kong. The 612 protests changed me. I decided to stay in my beloved hometown and fight alongside our youth. Hong Kong, the freest economy in the world, is a great place to do business. It is my deepest belief that if all Hongkongers stand up and fight by doing what they are best at, the tide will turn in our favour.


I was born in Hong Kong and was given UK citizenship during the 90’s when Hong Kong lost confidence in China after the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protest. I did not imagine exercising my British right of abode in the early days after the handover of Hong Kong to China. My confidence in the China’s rule of Hong Kong has eroded year by year since the handover. I had to face the truth that this power will never keep its promise and life in Hong Kong would only deteriorate. I decided to exercise my right of abode and move to the UK. Being a Hongkonger in the UK, I sincerely wish you to remember the centuries-long close relationship between Hong Kong and the UK, and stand with my fellow Hongkongers in their fight against tyranny.

Classical Musician

I was never a political person, but what’s happening in Hong Kong recently is simply something you can’t ignore, whether you care about politics or not. It hurts to see. As a fellow Hongkonger, I am proud of all the well-organised mass protests. Hongkongers have proven themselves to be able to unite together and achieve great things. Such unity is priceless, and so powerful that China has been mistaking it as “foreign influence”. But really, it’s our sheer will doing its magic.

Corporate Financier

I built an international career as an escape from the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong. In other words, I have been chased out of my own home. Over business lunches, I have been asked time and again why Hong Kong feels ill at ease with China, a rising economic superpower. Our liberty and dignity aren’t for sale, that’s why. At what price will you give up your child’s freedom of thought? We resist out of instinct; we are no less deserving than you are of fundamental rights and freedoms. This is our fight, which is at once local and global, fleeting and timeless. Stand with us.


Every day, I wake up and check Telegram for hours on end, trying to figure out what has happened in the few hours I manage to get some rest. Hongkongers have worked in solidarity – like water – to respond to all manners of challenges; at the same time, we have lost six people who died by suicide since the start of the anti-extradition law protests. The fate of my generation, and those after me, hinges on the outcome of our resistance movement: the stakes could not be higher. The UK has a responsibility to stand with Hongkongers in their struggle to keep their hard-fought freedoms – at minimum, it must ensure that the Joint Declaration is upheld.