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Human Rights Commissioner Strässer on developments in Hong Kong

02.10.2014 - Press release

Christoph Strässer, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, issued the following statement on 2 October on the subject of the demonstrations being held in Hong Kong in connection with the plans for electoral reform:

I am concerned at the current situation in Hong Kong and am following events very closely. The German Government considers the “one country, two systems” principle, under which fundamental rights like freedom of opinion and assembly are firmly enshrined in Hong Kong legislation, to be a sensible one. I welcome the fact that so many citizens are exercising their right to express their concerns in a non‑violent manner, and I hope that the situation will remain peaceful.

The large numbers taking part in the protests show how very important it is to the people of Hong Kong, especially the young, to have a voice in political life. I urge all sides to avoid any further escalation and to engage in constructive dialogue to find a consensual solution within the confines of the Basic Law. That solution should give the citizens of Hong Kong, in their desire for general elections, as large and as fair a stake as possible in the political process.

Background information:

Since the last week of September, people in Hong Kong have been protesting against plans to reform the way the Hong Kong Chief Executive is elected.

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