At 21:00 (Hong Kong time) on 2nd December, in front of British Consulate-General Hong Kong, Occupy British Consulate-General Group announced in English a statement to the British Parliamentary Members as follows.
On 4th December (15:00), Occupy British Consulate-General will announce another statement in both Chinese and English. As the British Parliament held an urgent debate on the Hong Kong issue in relation to China’s ban on British MPs’ visit to Hong Kong to look into the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in Hong Kong, the statement made by Occupy British CG Group on Thursday will respond to the result of the debate, demand the UK to intervene into China’s violation of the Joint Declaration and to take appropriate action.
The UK’s Responsibilities to Hongkongers under the Sino-British Joint Declaration (A Statement Addressed to the British MPs)
Occupy British Consulate-General Group
(Translated and Read aloud by Chapman Chen)
We appeal to the United Kingdom to honour its commitment to Hongkongers under the Sino-British Joint Declaration. China’s current ban on the British Parliamentary Members’ visit to Hong Kong to look into the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in Hong Kong has wantonly violated the Joint Declaration.
Ever since the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, China has repeatedly and extensively violated the Sino-British Joint Declaration. For instance, in the last 17 years, China has time and again intervened into District Council elections, Legislative Council elections and Chief Executive elections in Hong Kong. And China’s recent White Paper on implementation of “One Country, Two systems” Policy in Hong Kong states that the autonomous power of the HKSAR solely comes from the Central Government’s authorisation, that “residual power” is out of the question.
Moreover, in March this year, Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of Standing Committee, National People’s Congress urged Hong Kong to practice democracy with China characteristics. In addition, many anti-Occupy Central forces, like the Blue Ribbon and the Green Ribbon, are sent by the State Council of China (according to Mingpao Daily).
The Joint Declaration is a constitutional document that guarantees Hong Kong’s autonomy and de facto sovereignty. Under this document, the UK has moral, constitutional and administrative responsibilities to Hongkongers. The UK is supposed to make sure that the 3.5 millions holders of British National (Overseas) Passport enjoy basic human rights and universal and equal suffrage.
In a word, we urge the UK to fulfill its responsibilities to Hongkongers, to defend the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and to denounce China for violating it. We support British MPs’ visit to Hong Kong.