Stand with Hong Kong in its Fight for Freedom

Stand with Hong Kong in its Fight for Freedom

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Durham Stands with HK started this petition to Mr Dominic Raab (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) and

Dear Mr Dominic Raab, Mrs Heather Wheeler and Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods,


We are a group of Durham University students writing to seek your assistance in the grave situation unfolding in Hong Kong, on behalf of all citizens currently suffering there.   

As we are sure you are aware, the first protest occurred on 9th June, when millions of Hong Kong civilians peacefully went out to protest against the extradition law carried out by the Hong Kong Government, allowing Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to China for trial. Since then, the ever-escalating violence by the HK Police Force, and the government’s reluctance to accept the demands of the people have driven Hong Kong into a pit of chaos. 


Being a co-signatory of the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed in 1984, we believe the United Kingdom is responsible for the protection of human rights and freedom in Hong Kong. According to the Joint Declaration, Hong Kong was promised universal suffrage and a high degree of autonomy under “One Country, Two Systems”. However, as we can see from the abuse of power by the police force and the refusal of the government to listen to the protesters’ demands, the conditions of the Joint Declaration have been seriously breached. Therefore, the UK government has the legal obligation to fulfil the responsibility of upholding the principles that safeguard liberty and the basic human rights of Hong Kong people. Here are the demands we ask you to relate to Parliament:


Firstly, we demand that a statement about the Chinese government’s contravention of international law be made. It is crucial to ensure the sovereignty of the United Kingdom, to demonstrate its firm stance and support of freedom and democracy.


Secondly, we demand assistance from the UK Immigration Service towards arrested or prosecuted Hong Kong protestors who are applying for a UK visa. This is a useful means to maintain the rule of law in Hong Kong. During this political crisis, the police and government have overridden the law, yet their violent and inhumane behaviour towards the protestors have gone unpunished. Meanwhile, the protestors who used violence out of self-defense were prosecuted and convicted. In addition to this, we hope that political asylum claims by Hong Kong people can be seriously considered.


Thirdly, we demand that financial, travel and political sanctions be imposed on the officials responsible for violating the human rights of the general public of Hong Kong. According to the Human Rights Act 1998 Article 3, no one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The police force’s brutality and their denouncement of protestors as ‘cockroaches’ have clearly violated this article. 


Hong Kong is at the forefront of a global fight for freedom. With thousands of civilians, ranging from ten-year-old children to eighty-year-old elderly citizens being arrested, injured or even killed, this is a fight not to be taken lightly. Their noble sacrifices for democratic values deserve our greatest efforts to help them. We sincerely hope that you will stand with Hong Kong in our fight for freedom! 


Yours sincerely,

Durham Stands With HK

8th October 2019

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