In a surprise move, the UK is withdrawing its judges from Hong Kong’s Supreme Court over the National Security Act. “We have seen a systematic erosion of liberty and democracy in Hong Kong,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in London on Wednesday, explaining the decision. Since the introduction of the Security Act, freedom of expression and freedom of the press have been systematically suppressed. “The situation has reached a tipping point where it is no longer tenable for British judges to sit on Hong Kong’s leading court, and would risk legitimizing oppression,” Truss added.
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