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Canada suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong over human rights concerns

Prior to Canada’s announcement Britain, Australia and the United States all issued similar condemnations.

Canada will no longer extradite individuals to Hong Kong after the Chinese Communist Regime imposed new security laws on the territory.

On Friday, Global Affairs Canada released a statement condemning Hong Kong’s new national security legislature, calling the new laws anti-democratic and restrictive.

“Canada joins the international community in reiterating its serious concern at the passage of national security legislation for Hong Kong by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China,” the statement reads.

“This legislation was enacted in a secretive process, without the participation of Hong Kong’s legislature, judiciary or people, and in violation of international obligations.”

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says that Canada will no longer extradite individuals to the Chinese territory and will restrict the export of military goods from Canada to Hong Kong.

“Effective immediately, Canada will treat exports of sensitive goods to Hong Kong in the same way as those destined for China. Canada will not permit the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong,” he wrote.

“Canada is also suspending the Canada-Hong Kong extradition treaty.”

The Communist Party of China recently introduced new national security laws that have radically changed the justice system in Hong Kong — an autonomous territory of China.

Under these new laws, China’s dictatorship will now have the power to bring Hongkongers to the mainland for trial.

According to Amnesty International, the Chinese justice system is defined by unfair trials, torture, and excessive and secretive use of the death penalty.

Prior to Canada’s announcement Britain, Australia and the United States all issued similar condemnations.

In June Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to directly answer questions from journalists about where Canada stood on Hong Kong’s new security laws.

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