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Hong Kong Critics Warned by U.K. to Avoid Extradition Locations

The unusual move underscores concern that China might reach beyond its borders to prosecute people for national security offenses

A British National (Overseas) passport.

A British National (Overseas) passport.

Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

The U.K. government is alerting people in Britain who were named in a Hong Kong national security case to avoid traveling to countries that have extradition treaties with the Chinese territory. 

The U.K. Foreign Office emailed Bill Browder, a prominent proponent of sanctions legislation, on Sept. 10 after his name appeared in a foreign collusion case against pro-democracy activists. On a video call soon after, officials read him a list of countries that can extradite suspects to Hong Kong.