France won’t rat­ify ex­tra­di­tion treaty with HK

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

PARIS (AFP) — France on Mon­day said it was halt­ing rat­i­fi­ca­tion of an ex­tra­di­tion treaty with Hong Kong af­ter Bei­jing in­tro­duced a con­tro­ver­sial new se­cu­rity law in the for­mer Bri­tish colony.

“In light of the lat­est de­vel­op­ments, France will not pro­ceed as it stands with the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the ex­tra­di­tion agree­ment signed on May 4, 2017 be­tween France and the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion,” the French for­eign min­istry said in a state­ment.

The min­istry bit­terly crit­i­cized the new se­cu­rity law, say­ing it called into ques­tion the prin­ci­ple of “‘one coun­try, two sys­tems’… and the fun­da­men­tal free­doms that re­sult from it.”

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