Jul 18, 2018

Hong Kong National Party: Move to ban pro-independence group 'concerns' UK

The UK has said it is "Concerned" after police in Hong Kong requested a ban on a small political party that campaigns for the territory's independence. Officials in Hong Kong say a request to outlaw the Hong Kong National Party is being considered on security grounds. "We note with concern... plans to prohibit the continued operation of the Hong Kong National Party," the UK Foreign Office said in a statement on Tuesday. It said that individuals' rights to stand for election, free speech and freedom of association "Are enshrined in the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Bill of Rights". Hong Kong's Secretary for Security, John Lee, earlier said that a police request to ban the Hong Kong National Party was being considered on grounds that the group could pose a threat to national security.

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