Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (90)

Niall Collins

Question:

90. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the position in Hong Kong; the EU position on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25722/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

In recent weeks, demonstrations have been taking place in Hong Kong to protest against plans to amend local legislation to allow for extradition to the Chinese Mainland, Macau and Taiwan. On 15 June, the Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the indefinite suspension of the Extradition Bill. While the demonstrations have continued following that announcement, they have been largely peaceful.

Ireland supports the statement issued by the Spokesperson for High Representative Mogherini following the disturbances which took place on 12 June, which reiterates the fundamental right of citizens to assembly and expression, as contained in Hong Kong's Basic Law, while calling for restraint on both sides. The statement also noted that the EU has expressed its concerns regarding the Extradition Bill to the Hong Kong Government.

Our Consulate General in Hong Kong, and officials in my Department, will continue to monitor this situation closely.