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Highlights:

  • The British Foreign Secretary Condemns the decision to disqualify the candidates
  • Candidates disqualified due to their political views

London: On Thursday, Britain condemned a decision by Hong Kong to disqualify 12 candidates for elections. This step by the government made it clear that the twelve candidates were barred because of their political views. The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that he condemned the decision to disqualify opposition candidates from standing in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council elections.

He further added that it was clear that the candidates had been disqualified because of their political views undermining the integrity of One Country, Two Systems, and the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law. The authorities of Hong Kong should uphold their commitments to the people said the Minister.

On the other hand, the Hong Kong government disqualified the 12 candidates on the ground that they did not satisfy the requirements of the Legislative Council election. The previous election was held in 2016 September and the upcoming election will be held in September.

An official said that the decision to disqualify 12 candidates had nothing to do with so-called political censorship, restriction of the freedom of speech but was done to ensure the LegCo election is held in strict accordance with the Basic Law and other applicable laws in an open and fair manner.

The move comes after one month when China implemented national security law in the semi-autonomous region.

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