Throughout the year 2020, in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, we have witnessed, in China, assaults on human rights, democracy and international law: the extended repressions of the Uyghurs and other minorities, the illegal maritime claims in the South China Sea, and the strangling of fundamental freedoms, rule of law and autonomy in Hong Kong.
On June 30th, 2020, the Chinese government implemented a new national security law for Hong Kong that brought its residents under the ruling of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). This legislation violated China’s commitment to preserving the “One Country, Two Systems” agreement that would have guaranteed Hong Kong’s autonomy through 2047. In passing this law, the CCP demonstrated its willingness to sacrifice economic interests, the rule of law, and basic human rights to establish political control over Hong Kong. The national security law has fundamentally transformed the international perception of China as a global actor.
The IDU refers to its resolution from August 4th, 2020 and reaffirms its position that the CCP significantly compromised Hong Kong’s democratic structure based on the rule of law and suppressed all aspects of Hong Kong’s democratic civil society.
The CCP’s overreach in Hong Kong has resulted in the complete erosion of the rule of law. The IDU, therefore: