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France says it won't ratify HK extradition pact

2020-08-04 HKT 00:38
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  • France's Foreign Ministry says it won't go through with an extradition deal signed with Hong Kong. File image: Shutterstock
    France's Foreign Ministry says it won't go through with an extradition deal signed with Hong Kong. File image: Shutterstock
France on Monday said it was halting ratification of an extradition treaty with Hong Kong after Beijing introduced a controversial new security law in the SAR.

"In light of the latest developments, France will not proceed as it stands with the ratification of the extradition agreement signed on May 4, 2017 between France and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region," the French foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry bitterly criticised the new security law, saying it called into question the principle of "'one country, two systems'... and the fundamental freedoms that result from it."

"This law also directly affects our citizens and our businesses," it added.

Britain last month suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong "immediately and indefinitely" in response to the new law while Germany suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong over the decision to push back the Legislative Council election by a year.

New Zealand said on Monday that it was suspending extradition to the SAR. The central and Hong Kong governments criticised Wellington's decision, accusing it of interfering with China's internal affairs. (AFP/RTHK)