Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL7610):
Question by Lord Alton of Liverpool:
To ask His Majesty’s Government what plans they have to declare the government of Hong Kong’s plans to reduce the direct election of District Councillors as a breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. (HL7610)
Tabled on: 03 May 2023
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon:
We are monitoring the proposals announced on 2 May by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong regarding District Council elections as they are put to Legislative Council. Changes to electoral rules in Hong Kong since 2021 have eroded the ability of Hong Kongers to be represented legitimately at all levels of government. We have made clear with our G7 partners our grave concern over the erosion of democratic elements in Hong Kong’s electoral system. We will continue to bring together our international partners, to stand up for the people of Hong Kong, to call out violations of their rights and freedoms, and to hold China to the international obligations it freely agreed to.
Date and time of answer: 18 May 2023 at 17:08.