Opposition shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy criticises government failure to condemn violence
Lisa Nandy MP said:
Britain is “absenting itself from the world stage” by refusing to show leadership over Hong Kong residents, confront China or condemn President Trump over his handling of the fallout from George Floyd’s killing, the shadow foreign secretary has warned. Observer 7 June 2020
This statement was made during the violent events which have taken place across the US following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the continued unrest in Hong Kong over the concerns of the Chinese governments attempts to crack down on protest.
We will “lose all moral authority” to talk about police brutality in Hong Kong and elsewhere if we are not prepared to apply those standards equally to all parts of the world she said. These comments were made following questions to Dominic Raab who declined to condemn the violence in either country.
It is becoming clearer by the day that the principle concern of the UK government is trade and nothing can stand in the way of that. William Haigh tried to introduce a moral element to conservative party thinking when he was leader of the party but that seems to have been abandoned. Now what matters is business and criticism of China or anyone else is not allowed it seems. Similar reticence can be seen with other countries with dire human rights records such as Saudi, where a desire to sell arms trumps all moral considerations.
The Chinese Minister Chen Wen was interviewed on BBC’s World at One on 5 June and justified the imposition of tough new laws in Hong Kong are needed to create stability. “Stability a prerequisite for prosperity” she said and that the new laws were only targeted at a handful of criminals, terrorists and those colluding with foreign forces. This is far from the case and as Amnesty’s Regional Director Joshua Rosenzweig said the National Anthem law just passed is an “insult to free speech.” Turning one’s back on the Chinese flag can result in up to 3 years in prison.
Sources: Observer; South China Morning Post; BBC; Amnesty International