UK Judges Resign from Hong Kong’s Highest Court

Two senior British judges, including the president of the UK Supreme Court, resigned from Hong Kong’s highest court because of opposition to China’s national security law in the former British colony on Wednesday.

Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary for Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom, said that the situation reached a point where it is no longer tenable for British judges to sit on Hong Kong’s leading court and ‘would risk legitimizing oppression’.

“We have seen a systematic erosion of liberty and democracy in Hong Kong,” Truss said.

Truss added she had decided to withdraw the judges from the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal following consultations with the UK Supreme Court and ministers responsible for the judiciary.

The UK Supreme Court said its two judges currently sitting on the Hong Kong court in two of 12 overseas non-permanent positions had resigned immediately.

There are currently 12 non-permanent judges on the court, eight of whom are British.

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