Canada joins countries in solidarity with the defenders of democracy in Hong Kong and gives them refuge by suspending the extradition treaty with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
This was announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who also put on hold the privileges granted to the big city, in response to the repressive law that the CCP began to apply to the Hong Kong, according to USNews on July 3.
The suspension of the extradition treaty means additional protection for dissidents who escape from Hong Kong, who cannot be sought through arrest warrants issued by the CCP.
“Canada also suspends the extradition treaty between Canada and Hong Kong,” Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne ratified. Some 300,000 Canadians reside in Hong Kong.
“After studying the legislation and its impact, Canada will treat exports of sensitive goods to Hong Kong in the same way as those destined for mainland China,” Trudeau also announced, further punishing the CCP.
Additionally, “We are extremely concerned about the situation in Hong Kong. We will continue to seek answers, working closely with our allies,” Trudeau said, raising hopes for other types of sanctions for human rights violators.
The repressive new law imposed by the CCP includes penalties for those accused of “terrorism and subversion” just for leading protests with now-banned slogans and “revolutionary” signs.
It also extends its jurisdiction of application to the whole world, so that it can convict people who are neither Chinese nationals nor residents of China to be punished for crimes such as inciting hatred of their oppressors by the Hong Kong people.
On the first day of enforcement of the controversial law, some 380 defenders of human rights in the Hong Kong were arrested.
This degree of repression generates a wave of young people outwardly, seeking refuge and a secure base to continue the recovery of their city’s autonomy.
Canada joins countries such as the United Kingdom in considering the option of granting residency to nearly 3 million Hong Kongers, and Australia in preparing legislation to provide refuge to dissidents who require it.
No less decisive has been the aid expressed by the United States, a country that also strips the CCP of the trade privileges granted through Hong Kong. It is also processing a law to sanction banks and people who are linked to the repression promoted by the CCP.
The CCP signed an international treaty guaranteeing the autonomy of Hong Kong, at the time the CCP obtained it from Great Britain in 1997, trusting that the CCP would not violate the treaty, which occurred betraying its promise that it would not do so.