Concerns as Hong Kong jails politicians

Colin Brinsden
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Australia has joined a number of countries raising concerns over the mass arrests of 55 politicians and activists in Hong Kong for subversion under its National Security Law.

In a joint statement with the foreign ministers of Canada, the UK and the US, Australia's Marise Payne said the law is a clear breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and undermines the 'One Country, Two Systems' framework.

They believe it has curtailed the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and said it is clear that this law is being used to eliminate dissent and opposing political views.

"We call on the Hong Kong and Chinese central authorities to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong without fear of arrest and detention," the group of ministers said.

"It is crucial that the postponed Legislative Council elections in September proceed in a fair way that includes candidates representing a range of political opinions."