Members of European Parliament propose suing China over national security laws in Hong Kong

In a significant development, members of the European Parliament have drafted a lawsuit accusing China of violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in a strong pushback to Beijing’s move to impose draconian laws in in Hong Kong.

Members of the European Parliament plan on suing China in the United Nations’ highest court over Beijing’s move to impose national security laws in Hong Kong, according to a report from the South China Morning Post.

According to the draft document, the potential lawsuit claims “China’s decision to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong violates the Sino-British Joint Declaration”.

The Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed in 1984 and paved the way for the former British colony’s return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.

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