Hong Kong regional government chairwoman Carrie Lam announced on Saturday that she was stepping down from an honorary degree at Cambridge University over criticism of China’s new national security law.
The Hong Kong chairman reported that the university believes the new law “deviates from the principles of academic freedom and expression, punishes teachers who criticize the government and prevents students from chanting and singing slogans” .
Lam has stated that she is “very disappointed” with the attitude of the university where she received the honorary scholarship in 2017 and that her claims are unfounded as she broadcast it on the social network Facebook.
Last week, Lam was added to the list of persons sanctioned by the US Treasury Department for “undermining” Hong Kong’s autonomy from China and “violating” the rights of the Hong Kong people.
At the end of June, the Chinese People’s People’s Congress unanimously passed the controversial Hong Kong Security Law, which prosecutes all activities classified as “secession”, “subversion” or “terrorism”.