Simon Cheng, a former trade and investment officer at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong, and Honcques Laus, an independent politician in Hong Kong, wanted under draconian China’s National Security Law, have written a letter to Kang Kyung-wha(강경화), the Korean foreign minister, for requesting suspension of extraction treaties with the Hong Kong and Chinese regimes. They explained that the Hong Kong regime has unceasingly persecuted the Hong Kong democratic protesters because of political opinions, and the Hong Kong and Chinese regimes have blatantly violated human rights, so the political dissents would face trumped-up prosecutions.
In their letters, Cheng and Lau mentioned that Hong Kong protesters have under gone politically motivated arrests, prosecutions, and imprisonment for their political opinions. In addition, some Hong Kong democracy activists, including the two of us Simon Cheng and Honcques Laus are compelled to be in exile, and are wanted under draconian China’s National Security Law, which is also probably applied to foreign people, including Korean people, who are courageous to criticise the authoritarian regimes in Hong Kong and China.
Cheng and Lau said, “Any extradition treaty with the authoritarian regimes in Hong Kong and China is a big threat to Hongkongers abroad and liberty enthusiasts. Many liberal countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Germany, have suspended the extradition treaties with the Hong Kong regime, and they have no extradition treaty with the Chinese regime.”
They stressed, “Korea as a prominent member of the liberal world, Korean support would be really important and helpful. We would be very grateful if Korea could suspend the extradition treaties with the authoritarian regim es in Hong Kong and China.”
They added, “the processes of democratisation in Korea, are quite similar to what have recently happened in Hong Kong. Korean people were subject to police brutality and political persecution in the 19 April Revolution in 1960, the Gwangju Democratic Revolution in 1980, and the June Democratic Revolution in 1987. Hongkongers have been and will continue to be subject to police brutality and political persecution in the Hong Kong democratic protest.”
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