UK grants asylum to ex-staffer at its Hong Kong consulate
Added 07-03-20 03:03:01am EST - “A former employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been granted political asylum in what he believes is the first successful U.K. asylum case from the former British colony.” - Washingtontimes.com
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LONDON (AP) - A former employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been granted political asylum in what he believes is the first successful U.K. asylum case from the former British colony.
Simon Cheng, who alleges that he was detained and tortured in China last year, told The Associated Press that he hopes his successful application encourages other democracy activists from the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to seek protection in the U.K. as Beijing clamps down on the city’s protest movement.
Cheng, 29, also said that while he is relieved asylum was granted, he remains worried “they will take my family members as hostage and send more agents to crush down the pro-democracy cause and activities outside of Hong Kong.”
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Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the city this week, bypassing Hong Kong’s legislature in a move that has been condemned by the U.S., the European Union and Britain, among others. Critics say the law effectively ends the “one country, two systems” framework that guaranteed the territory a high level of autonomy and civil liberties when it reverted from British to Chinese rule 23 years ago.
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