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UK Government: Clarify Your Stance over Hong Kong’s Democratic Future

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In response to the comments made by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) regarding China’s decision over Hong Kong’s electoral reform on September 4 2014 (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-office-responds-to-hong-kong-reform-plans):

1) The Chinese governemnt's proposed model to pre-screen Hong Kong Chief Executive (CE) candidates before Hong Kong citizens are allowed to vote does NOT meet international standards on universal suffrage, in particular Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which includes the right to run and be elected without unreasonable restrictions, and to which Hong Kong is a party under Article 39 of the Basic Law;

2) The election method proposed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) does NOT give Hong Kong people a “genuine choice,” since candidates must be approved by more than half the members of a nominating committee dominated Beijing loyalists;

3) In light of the current crisis, the FCO’s undefined "welcoming”, mere “recognition” and indecisive “hope” are NOT conducive to producing meaningful progress toward democracy in Hong Kong and may eventually be interpreted by Beijing as a green light to do as it wishes.

The people of Hong Kong have consistently striven for genuine universal suffrage through different ways over the years. Given the pledge in the Basic Law that China would eventually allow Hong Kong to elect its CE through universal suffrage, and that China has promised to do so in 2017, as a party to the Joint Declaration, Prime Minister David Cameron and the British Government owe a duty to the people of Hong Kong and the international community to monitor and censure China for reneging on this all-important promise now.

 

(Below is the Chinese translation 以下為中文翻譯) 


香港公民就「英國外交和聯邦事務部」(FCO)於2014年9月4日發表有關香港政改問題的聲明,要求英國政府澄清立場並回應

(聲明原文:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-office-responds-to-hong-kong-reform-plans.zh

1)中國政府企圖預先篩選香港特區行政長官候選人,有違國際標準。根據《基本法》第39條,《公民權利和政治權利國際公約》適用於香港,其中公約第25條保障「所有公民均可在不受無理限制下,在真正的選舉中享有投票及被選的權利」;

2)全國人民代表大會建議的選舉方法,候選人須先由過半數親北京的提名委員會批准,方可參選,並未予港人「真正的選擇」;

3)鑑於香港目前處境嚴峻,英國外交部以「表示歡迎」、「承認」和「希望」等字眼發表聲明,含糊其詞,不利香港民主前途,甚至北京可能會視之為對假普選開綠燈。 

多年以來,香港市民已清楚表達對爭取真正符合國際標準的普選的決心。英國乃《中英聯合聲明》簽署國,有義務監察中方於聲明內,對在香港實行真普選的承諾。


(以下係廣東話翻釋)

「英國外交和聯邦事務部」(FCO)响2014年9月4日講香港政改問題嗰篇聲明,港喱想英國政府講清楚佢想點。

事情是咁的

1)啊爺家下想篩過尐辦事人先俾我地揀,無一個字頭系咁,點講都唔公道。我地字頭規矩《基本法》第39條話,嗰條《公民權利和政治權利國際公約》响香港都用得著,佢裏面第25條話「所有手足都可以揀辦事人同俾人揀,無得無端端唔俾」;

2)尐叔父開完代表大會話,候選人要俾佢地尐人揀過先,仲要過半叔父點頭先出到閳,咁即系無得揀,而想點鳩我;

3)拿就咁,而家香港就唔多妥,你老哥英國外交部仲話「表示歡迎」、「承認」同「希望」咁,唔嗲唔釣,即系蹺埋雙手睇住我死姐,人地唔知仲以為你俾佢咁做,以為自己攞正牌添啊。

咁耐以來,冚世界都知我地香港班手足幾有決心真真正正要揀番次辦事人。話哂我地系你英國揍大,送返屋企之前仲簽埋尐咩《中英聯合聲明》,今次你點都要出來講句公道話,睇實啊爺有冇反口,系咪真系有得俾我地揀。

 



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