France won't ratify Hong Kong's extradition agreement

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			NICOLAS ASFOURI  AFP via Getty Images Victoria Friedman1 Aug 2020

China Will Stop Recognising British Hong Kong Passports Chinese Amb to UK 96 NICOLAS ASFOURI AFP via Getty Images Victoria Friedman1 Aug 2020

State broadcaster CCTV reported on Saturday that all 7.5 million Hong Kong residents will receive free virus testing, without citing sources.

France on Monday said it was halting ratification of an extradition treaty with Hong Kong after Beijing introduced a controversial new security law in the former British colony.

A day before the postponement, the government disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates from running, with the rationale that they're unfit to uphold Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law, or loyalty to Hong Kong's government under China.

Police in Hong Kong have issued arrest warrants for six pro-democracy activists now living overseas, The Guardian and other media outlets reported Friday.

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Germany's Maas described the election decisions as "a further infringement of the rights of Hong Kong's citizens".

The six have fled the territory and are wanted on suspicion of violating the national security legislation that entered into force a month ago.

The law targets "secession", "subversion", "terrorist activities", and "collusion with a foreign country", and carries life sentences as punishment for numerous offenses.

City elections now have electoral committee mechanisms in place that favor pro-Beijing candidates; pro-democracy protests in past years have called for universal suffrage.

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Earlier last week, Hong Kong postponed its parliamentary elections, originally due to be held in September, by a year.

"It is a really tough decision to delay, but we want to ensure fairness, public safety and public health", said Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, according to The New York Times.

"The ministry bitterly criticised the new security law, saying it called into question the principle of "'one country, two systems'. and the fundamental freedoms that result from it".

The move is seen as a blow to the pro-democracy camp, which was widely expected to do well in the election.

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"The German side's erroneous remarks on Hong Kong and the suspension of the extradition treaty with Hong Kong are a serious breach of global law and basic norms governing worldwide relations and gross violation of China's internal affairs", the embassy statement said.

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