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China condemns Germany’s Hong Kong extradition suspension

China condemns Germany’s Hong Kong extradition suspension

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China has condemned Germany’s decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and accused Berlin of a “serious breach of international law.”ByThe Associated PressAugust 1, 2020, 8:49 AM2 min readBERLIN -- China has condemned Germany's decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, accusing Berlin of a “serious breach of international law.” Germany's foreign minister announced the suspension Friday following the disqualification of 12 pro-democracy candidates from legislative elections and a subsequent decision to postpone the elections. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam cited a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory in postponing the vote. The Chinese Embassy in Berlin expressed “strong indignation and firm opposition to the wrong rem
UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

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The UK has suspended an extradition treaty with Hong Kong following the imposition of controversial new security laws on the territory by China.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the "necessary and proportionate" measure in a statement to the House of Commons on Monday. The UK will also extend to Hong Kong the arms embargo it has applied to mainland China since 1989, Mr Raab said. Image: There are fears the new Chinese law will undermine Hong Kong's freedom "The extension of this embargo will mean there will be no exports from the UK to Hong Kong of potentially lethal weapons, their components or ammunition," the foreign secretary told MPs."It will also mean a ban on the export of any equipment - not already banned - which might...
Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty and offers visa extensions

Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty and offers visa extensions

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Australia has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, and offered visa holders from the territory a five-year extension with a pathway to permanent residency, in response to China's imposition of a national security law.The 10,000 Hong Kong citizens in the country on student or temporary work visas are likely to benefit from the move. "There will be citizens of Hong Kong who may be looking to move elsewhere, to start a new life somewhere else, to take their skills, their businesses," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Image: The colonial flag of Hong Kong is held aloft during a march by protesters He also made a pitch for international financial services, consulting and media businesses with regional headquarters in Ho...
Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow

Meng Wanzhou: Huawei executive suffers US extradition blow

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A Canadian court has ruled that the case of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is fighting extradition to the United States, can go forward.A judge found that the case meets the threshold of double criminality - meaning the charges would be crimes in both the US and Canada.The US wants Ms Meng to stand trial on charges linked to the alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran.Her case has created a rift between China and Canada.Her lead defence lawyer, Richard Peck, has argued in court that Canada is effectively being asked "to enforce US sanctions".But Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes ruled Wednesday in British Columbia's Supreme Court in Vancouver that the crimes she is charged with in the US would also have bee...
London protesters rally against Julian Assange extradition

London protesters rally against Julian Assange extradition

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Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Hundreds of supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gathered in London's Parliament Square on Saturday to protest his potential extradition to the United States. Those present at the rally included Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Assange, 48, who founded Wikileaks in 2006, has been charged with 18 criminal counts of conspiring to hack government computers and with violating an espionage law, all in connection with his work with the site. In 2010 Wikileaks, along with The New York Times and The Guardian, published classified U.S. military documents and field reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan war, which supporters say shed light on previously undisclosed aspects of the wars, ...