The Hong Kong government has announced the suspension of the extradition agreements signed with Germany and France in retaliation for both countries’ alleged interference in “internal affairs”, particularly the measures taken under the new national security law.
At the end of June, Germany announced the suspension of the bilateral extradition treaty with Hong Kong, while France decided not to continue the ratification process of this treaty. The former British colony reacted in the same direction this Wednesday.
The Hong Kong executive issued a statement regretting that countries acted “unilaterally” and alluded to the security law “between excuses”. These measures, he added, “are tampering with China’s internal affairs and violating the basic laws and norms that govern international relations.”
The Carrie Lam government has accused Berlin and Paris of having “politicized” legal cooperation, which in the case of Germany led to a treaty signed in 2006 that came into force in 2009. The agreement with France has been in place since 2017.
The background to this controversial policy is the recent events in Hong Kong, in particular the introduction of a law from Beijing which, among other things, punishes foreign interference. The postponement of the elections planned for this year has also raised doubts.