Responding to news that the Foreign Secretary has confirmed that the UK will suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson and Chair of the APPG on Hong Kong Alistair Carmichael said:
"Suspending extradition is the only logical step to protect all Hong Kongers, including those who have already sought refuge in the UK.
"The Government must live up to its commitments and move quickly to put in place a lifeboat system to secure safe passage to the UK for Hong Kongers. A system that opens in 2021 just gives an incentive to the Chinese Government to crack down on pro-democracy campaigners sooner rather than later.
"The UK Government should be accelerating the design of that system and opening local offices to make the scheme as accessible to as many people as it possibly can be.
"The Foreign Secretary must also now take seriously further sanctions against the Chinese regime given the horrific violations of human rights amounting to genocide in Xinjiang. We cannot standby. The UK must work hand-in-hand with international partners to stop these abuses and protect those whose lives are at grave risk."