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U.K. Withdraws Top Judges from Hong Kong Over National Security Law

  • Says keeping judges in Hong Kong would legitimize oppression
  • System has been in place since handover to China in 1997
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WATCH: U.K. PM Boris Johnson responds to the withdrawal of its judges from Hong Kong’s top court.Source: Bloomberg
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The U.K. will withdraw its top judges sitting in Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal, saying China is using its national security law to undermine fundamental rights and freedoms in the former British colony. 

“We have seen a systematic erosion of liberty and democracy in Hong Kong,” Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement Wednesday. “The situation has reached a tipping point where it is no longer tenable for British judges to sit on Hong Kong’s leading court, and would risk legitimizing oppression.”