Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (31 July) on the postponement of the elections in Hong Kong:
The decision by the Hong Kong Government to disqualify 12 opposition candidates and to postpone the elections to the Legislative Council represents a further infringement of the rights of Hong Kong’s citizens. This move comes after the detention of four activists by the newly established National Security Department, which fills us with concern.
In view of these latest developments, we have decided to suspend our extradition agreement with Hong Kong.
We have repeatedly made clear our expectation that China abide by its obligations under international law. This includes ensuring the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Basic Law of Hong Kong. In particular, it includes the right to free and fair elections, which the people of Hong Kong must enjoy.