Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, USA
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Announces Withdrawal of Fugitive Offenders Bill

 



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September 4, 2019 - The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, today announced that the Hong Kong government will formally withdraw the Fugitive Offenders Bill in order to allay public concerns. The Secretary for Security will move a motion according to the Rules of Procedure when the Legislative Council resumes.

The decision to withdraw the bill is one of four actions announced by Mrs. Lam today to foster dialogue after more than two months of protests.

Aside from formally withdrawing the bill, the government will fully support the work of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) in its handling of complaints against police. The IPCC has undertaken a fact-finding study on the handling of large-scale public order events. The study aims to ascertain the facts, to assess police handling of protests and to make recommendations to the government. The IPCC has established a panel of international experts to assist in its work. It will make public its findings and recommendations.

The Chief Executive, along with senior government officials, will also begin a direct dialogue with the public to address the discontent in society and look for solutions.

Lastly, the Chief Executive will invite community leaders, professionals and academics to independently examine deep-seated issues in society and advise the government on finding solutions.

“After more than two months of social unrest, it is obvious to many that discontentment extends far beyond the [extradition] bill,” Mrs. Lam said. “It covers political, economic and social issues, including the oft-mentioned problems relating to housing and land supply, income distribution, social justice and mobility, and opportunities for our young people, as well as how the public could be fully engaged in the government’s decision-making.”

Mrs. Lam said the four actions announced today are her government’s sincere response to the demands that have been raised by the public.

A transcript of the Chief Executive’s video address is found here.


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