EU considers filing case against China before ICJ over Hong Kong

EU considers filing case against China before ICJ over Hong Kong

The European Parliament has recommended that the European Union (EU) and its member states file a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), if the new national security law for Hong Kong is applied.

The European Parliament voted in a resolution by 565 votes to 34, with 62 abstentions, in favour of bringing Bejiing before the ICJ over its decision to adopt a new national security law for semi-autonomous Hong-Kong.

In the resolution, the Member of the European Parliament (MEPs) “call on the EU and its Member States to consider, in the event the new security law is applied, filing a case before the International Court of Justice alleging that China’s decision to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong violates the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).”

MEPs also condemned China’s interference in Hong Kong’s internal affairs and unveiled their expectation to see to see a UN Special Envoy appointed to deal specifically with the situation in Hong Kong.

The controversial national security law for the city was approved by mainland China’s legislature in May.

The former British colony has been rocked by demonstrations, followed by a massive wave of street protests and violent clashes since last year, ever since the Hong Kong Executive put forward a new law in the spring of 2019.

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