New conflicts are happening daily in Hong Kong in mass protests against the Hong Kong government. What triggered the last four weeks of mind-boggling events was the government’s unwise proposal to allow Hong Kong residents charged with certain crimes to be extradited to other jurisdictions, even where there was no formal agreement between the two places.Read more
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you for your continuous support and concern for Hong Kong, which has given us comfort and strength. We treasure this ecumenical fellowship of faith. We share the following to keep you informed and ask for your continued prayers.Read more
You may have been reading in the news about the protests in Hong Kong. It's about the proposed legislation to allow the Hong Kong government to send persons charged with certain crimes to be sent to mainland China for prosecution. The situation arose over a Hong Kong citizen who is accused of murdering his girlfriend while in Taiwan. He came back to Hong Kong and there is no method to have him extradited to Taiwan as there is no agreement between the two places to do so. This gave the HK government impetus to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance to allow extradition even to other countries that don't have an agreement in place. Taiwan actually did not request this as a solution to the problem and is not in support of the amendment.
For Hong Kongers, of course this raises great concerns about human rights and a fair trial. The legal system in Hong Kong is based on the British system and at least until 2047, we thought we had guarantee that it would not change. Thus the possibility that someone in Hong Kong could be sent to China for prosecution is alarming, from what we know of the Chinese legal system.
Thus, many citizens and sectors of society have come out in opposition, besides the young people - lawyers, social workers, teachers and businesses. Many feel that passing this law as quickly as the government hopes will only bring international condemnation as well as lead to devastating consequences for the city. In the appeal below from Hong Kong Christian Council, we propose that the government suspend the amendment and allow further discussion and dialogue between different parties.
Please pray for Hong Kong in this critical moment that the situation will not escalate to violence between protesters and police, that the government give some cooling off period, and that the church can stand strong to serve the community and the nation in the peace of Christ.
With hope in God,
Rev. Judy Chan
Executive Secretary for Communications
Hong Kong Christian Council
Global Ministries Mission Co-Worker
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