Hong Kong: Disqualification of lawmakers underscores government agenda to silence political critics

Responding to a Hong Kong court decision today to disqualify four pro-democracy lawmakers for failing to sincerely take the oath of office, Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, said:

“Today’s decision confirms the Hong Kong government’s agenda to silence and effectively punish any speech critical of the present political system, wherever it may occur, even within the legislature. It is the latest damaging sign that expressing political opinions that challenge the status quo are no longer tolerated.

“By bringing these cases, the Hong Kong government only reinforces the impression that they are mere puppets of Beijing.”

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