Canada leads allies to criticize Hong Kong’s vanishing freedoms

More than 40 countries on Tuesday decried Hong Kong’s vanishing freedoms under the new national security law imposed by Beijing.

The joint statement on China was read out by Canadian Ambassador Leslie Norton on behalf of countries including Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

It criticized a law imposed a year ago in Hong Kong against what China deems secession and terrorism. The first trials are due to begin this week of people arrested under the legislation.

“We continue to be deeply concerned about the deterioration of fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong under the National Security Law,” the joint statement said.

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