- Title: Hong Kong activist urges UK to review extradition arrangement
- Date: 15th July 2020
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (FILE - JULY 14, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF DISQUALIFIED LAWMAKERS, INCLUDING LAW, WITH LAWMAKERS AND PROTESTERS CHANTING HONG KONG, CHINA (FILE - JULY 14, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LAW AND OTHER DISQUALIFIED AND PRO-DEMOCRACY LAWMAKERS CHANTING LAW TALKING HONG KONG, CHINA (FILE - JUNE 18, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DEMOSISTO PARTY MEMBERS, INCLUDING LAW (LEFT), JOSHUA WONG (CENTRE) AND AGNES CHOW (RIGHT), STANDING AND HOLDING PICTURES OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM AND POLICE CHIEF STEPHAN LO
- Embargoed: 29th July 2020 17:26
- Keywords: China Hong Kong Nathan Law National Security Law protest
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002CMX8J7R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law said on Wednesday (July 15) he feels safe in London at the moment but described the extra-territorial reach of national security laws imposed by China as "scary" and urged Britain to do more to help.
Law, a former legislator, left Hong Kong earlier this month after China imposed a new national security law on the territory that has been heavily criticised by the West.
He said he had agreed with fellow senior activists to come to London, where allies and a large Diaspora would help keep an international voice for their protest against Beijing.
Asked about the reach of the new security laws in Hong Kong, Law said it covered foreigners and their actions outside Hong Kong: "That is scary," he told British lawmakers in a webinar.
He urged Britain to follow other countries and review its extradition arrangements with its former colony.
"I feel relatively safe here," Law said, describing how he had previously kept his location secret after receiving threats.
Britain says the national security law breaches agreements made before the handover and that China is crushing the freedoms that have helped make Hong Kong one of the world's biggest financial hubs.
Hong Kong and Beijing officials have said the law is vital to plug holes in national security defences exposed by the protests. China has repeatedly told Western powers to stop meddling in Hong Kong's affairs.
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