Petition letter on Sept 15th "One Country, Two Systems is Dead" Petition
Dear Sir Andrew Heyn,
An Open Letter from British Nationals in Hong Kong to Her Majesty’s Government on alarming episodes of Sino-British Joint Declaration being Violated
On 27 August 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially declared that no country or organisation can interfere with Hong Kong affairs making use of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Apparently, Chinese government has permanently denied and terminated the Joint Declaration single-handedly. Especially in the last few months, the Chinese government has been undermining our autonomy and basic human rights. The extradition law outrageously trespasses on our established legislative system. The “One Country, Two Systems” is in all but name in light of the worsening situation. Hence, we hereby urge that:
1. Her Majesty’s Government should take immediate actions on China’s not honouring the Sino-British Joint Declaration, acknowledging the fact that the Joint Declaration has been materially breached after Chinese government declared its being void and null;
2. As Sino-Joint Declaration is materially breached and “One Country, Two Systems” malfunctions, British government has the obligation to pursue all legal and possible resorts. British government must take all necessary measures to fulfil their obligations, particularly to ensure the safety of British Nationals in Hong Kong.
Her Majesty’s government knows clearly that Sino-British Joint Declaration is a legally-binding treaty registered with the United Nations, and continues to be in force. “It remains as valid today as it did when it was signed over thirty years ago.” Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, safety and legitimacy of governance have come to an end. We urge Her Majesty’s Government to act without delay with all necessary measures to ensure the safety of British Nationals in Hong Kong. Your assistance in delivering our voice to Her Majesty’s Government is much appreciated.
A group of Britons in Hong Kong
[The petition letter was delivered to British Consulate Staff during the rally.]