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Members of Working Group on the Global Influence of China and its Impact on Democracy issued a statement which strongly condemns the the Chinese authorities’ actions, which contravene international law and which threaten to destroy the autonomy and civil liberties promised to Hong Kong in the Sino–British Joint Declaration of 1984, encapsulated in the phrase ‘one country, two systems’.
The working group is functioning in the framework of the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal (ICDR) a Forum 2000 Foundation project, which is a global initiative of a group of intellectuals, activists and politicians concerned with the expansion of power and Influence of authoritarian regimes and the simultaneous weakening of democratic systems from within. The ICDR aims to reaffirm the fundamental principles of democracy, to take the offensive against the authoritarian opponents of democracy, and to demonstrate solidarity with the brave people who are fighting for freedom in undemocratic systems around the world.
International Coalition for Democratic Renewal Statement on the Unprecedented Threat to Democratic Freedoms in Hong Kong
We have previously urged the world to stand with Hong Kong as the city’s freedoms have come under intensifying threat.
These freedoms are under unprecedented attack in the form of draconian national security bill proposed by the Chinese national parliament. Introduced as the world’s attention is preoccupied with combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, this legislation intends to prevent “subversive and separatist activities“. The law would further limit the freedoms of the Hong Kong citizens and must not go unchallenged.
We denounce the Chinese authorities’ actions, which contravene international law and which threaten to destroy the autonomy and civil liberties promised to Hong Kong in the Sino–British Joint Declaration of 1984, encapsulated in the phrase ‘one country, two systems’. We believe it is in Beijing’s interest to show that China respects the rule of law and that it can be trusted to adhere to its commitments.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong in what has become a fight for the very survival of their way of life in the face of relentless assaults. We recognize their right to defend universal values of human rights and democracy, which are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We call upon all democratic governments and the international community to stand with Hong Kong and to join us in denouncing the actions taken by the Chinese government.
We call on our peers and all committed democrats worldwide to express solidarity with Hong Kong. There are many ways to make your voice heard, including: issuing further statements of condemnation; writing to your political representatives; and making yourself heard on social media, using the hashtag #standwithhongkong.
Now, more than ever, democratic solidarity is essential to preserve democratic values in every corner of the world. Let the people of Hong Kong know that they are not alone in their struggle.