A tip of the hat to Liberal MP Michael Levitt, York Centre, who chairs the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development because, according to a report in the Globe and Mail, he and three other Commonwealth heads of similar committees, “including Australian David Fawcett, the U.K.’s Tom Tugendhat and Simon O’Connor from New Zealand,” wrote to UN Secretary-General António Guterres and “said they are concerned about China’s imposition of a new national security law – without the consent of Hong Kongers – that could severely restrict guaranteed freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong citizens … [and he] … joined with his counterparts in other Commonwealth nations in writing additional letters to their respective prime ministers, asking them to exert influence with the United Nations Human Rights Council to set up this mandate.“
I can only hope that Secretary-General Guterres and Prime Minister Trudeau act on those letters, although I doubt that either will.
The letter says that ““We are writing regarding the erosion of the rule of law and the increasingly serious and urgent human rights situation in Hong Kong” … [and] … For Beijing to impose the Security Law on Hong Kong, without the direct participation of its people, legislature or judiciary, is a breach of the legally binding agreement between the U.K. and China.” It goes on to say that ““It is imperative that the international community move rapidly to ensure there is a mechanism for observing and transparent reporting on the impact of the new law on what are currently legal freedoms in Hong Kong.”” Further: “The four committee chairs reminded Mr. Guterres that the Sino-British treaty which governed the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 guaranteed that for 50 years “Hong Kong residents shall have freedom of speech, of the press and of publication; freedom of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration; and the right and freedom to form and join trade unions, and to strike” … [and] … The Commonwealth representatives said their countries have a particular interest in Hong Kong because of long-standing relationships with the former British colony, including its Court of Final Appeal that draws some judges from Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. Nearly 2,000 Canadian soldiers joined British troops in the defence of Hong Kong during the Second World War, a deployment that led to more than 550 Canadians losing their lives.“
I salute Mr Levitt and his colleagues. I hope someone will listen. My fear is that Prime Minister Trudeau’s all-important vanity project ~ seeking a worthless, temporary, second-class seat on the UN Security Council ~ which seems to require that he should kowtow to Xi Jinping, and which seems to consume far to much time and money will get in the way.