Could BN(O) Holders be granted the right of abode in the UK? Last Governor: I hope the UK Government will make it clear next week
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Could BN(O) Holders be granted the right of abode in the UK? Last Governor: I hope the UK Government will make it clear next week

Chris Patten, the last Governor of Hong Kong, said in an interview with Hong Kong Radio “The Pulse”, hopes that the United Kingdom and other G7 member countries will not only put Hong Kong ’s latest situation on the agenda in next month ’s G7 meeting. Ensuring that the Hong Kong issue is the focus of the fight between countries and Beijing. He pointed out that he hoped that the issue would also be brought to the UN Security Council, because the “Sino-British Joint Declaration” is an international and registered treaty with the United Nations. This declaration guarantees Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy, freedom and the rule of law.

Patten responded to the UK on the show every time he was asked whether he would grant the right of British Nationals Overseas (BNO) holders living in the UK, he showed a not decisive attitude. Patten hoped that the House of Lords and the House of Parliament would open again next week. At the meeting, the UK government could express its attitude towards this. Patten reiterated that Britain has legal, political and moral responsibilities for the situation in Hong Kong, and hopes that Britain will play a more active role and have more effective ways to counter the bullying of the Communist Party.

Patten also pointed out that since last year, the “Fugitive Offenders Ordinance” has been revised to open the firewall of China and Hong Kong, and this year’s “Hong Kong version of the National Security Law” is also the same. Regarding Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, many places also have national security laws. Why can’t Hong Kong have them? Patten believes that Hong Kong can of course have a national security law, but it should be passed by the Legislative Council, not by the central government to legislate for Hong Kong. He pointed out that if there is no problem with the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law, why not let the Legislative Council debate and consider? He believes that because both Beijing and the HKSAR government know that social discussion will be allowed, it will arouse public outrage, and Beijing is also worried that it will affect the legislative elections in September.

Patten said that the Hong Kong Bar Association has filed a statement against the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law and questioned the establishment of a national security agency in Hong Kong. However, Carrie Lam did not respond positively to this. Now all put aside, no response.

As for the special department that had similar political control. when the United Kingdom ruled Hong Kong in the past, Patten said that the special department was under the police force, and the Hong Kong police force was also the best in Asia at that time, and many places had national security laws. It also conforms to international human rights conventions such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, but Hong Kong ’s current Hong Kong version of the National Security Law is clearly not the case.

Source : Apple Daily (Hong Kong, Chinese Traditional)

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  1. petergeorge5666

    Thanks for bringing this great information out here fir discussion. It has been a long time coming the ciy of honk Kong saw peaceful system as their have been an understanding withe the people. This is indeed s geet natiin I belive if they are to negotiate aut decide on what to do. We are hoping for the best for them

    1. Anna

      Thank you for your comment for Hong Kong. We are appreciated. We hope UK Government can clarify this asap, as it’s the greatest right for BN(O) holders.

  2. DorcasW

    Hello; If Hong Kong has an internal issue, they think the UK can fix, why not discuss and tabled it to the UK authority? Instead of desiring the UK to put their argument on the Agenda for the UK’s next meeting, and at the same breath expecting the UK to make the Hong Kong issue be the focus of the fight between Countries and Beijing?

     Since the UK had ruled Hong Kong in the past having their Police Force in charge of National Security, which was the best in Asia at that time, Hong Kong should have their national Security Laws passed as many other countries have.


    1. Anna

      Foreign affairs of Hong Kong, it’s responsible by Foreign Affairs of CCP after Hong Kong was handed-over. Like the Sino-British Joint Declaration which were signed in 1984 by CCP and UK. Because of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and BN(O) passport for Hong Kong people, which UK government has the responsibility of monitoring if China breach the Joint Declaration. Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary of UK responded in oral statement Parliament yesterday, you can take a look :