캐나다 정부는 영국, 미국, 호주와 공동으로 4개국 외무∙국무장관 공동성명을 통해 중국이 추진하는 홍콩보안법에 대해 28일 반대를 표시했다.
중국은 홍콩내 정보기관을 만들어 반중국 행위를 막는다는 취지로 홍콩보안법을 만들어 28일 전국인민대표대회에서 결의했다.
프랑수아-필립 샹파뉴 캐나다 외무 장관이 참여한 성명은 이런 중국의 입법이 홍콩의 독자성 보장을 침해했다고 규탄했다.
또한 중국의 이런 간섭은 홍콩의 자유와 번영을 위협하는 행동이며, 영국-중국 공동선언(홍콩반환협정)의 원칙을 위배했다고 지적했다.
참고: 4개국 외무∙국무 장관 공동 성명 전문
Joint statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, François-Philippe Champagne, UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, and US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo responding to China’s proposed new security law for Hong Kong
“Signatories to this statement reiterate our deep concern regarding Beijing’s decision to impose a national security law in Hong Kong.
“Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom. The international community has a significant and longstanding stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. Direct imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong by the Beijing authorities, rather than through Hong Kong’s own institutions as provided for under Article 23 of the Basic Law, would curtail the Hong Kong people’s liberties, and in doing so, dramatically erode the autonomy and the system that made it so prosperous.
“China’s decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its international obligations under the principles of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration. The proposed law would undermine the One Country, Two Systems framework. It also raises the prospect of prosecution in Hong Kong for political crimes, and undermines existing commitments to protect the rights of Hong Kong people – including those set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
“We are also extremely concerned that this action will exacerbate the existing deep divisions in Hong Kong society; the law does nothing to build mutual understanding and foster reconciliation within Hong Kong. Rebuilding trust across Hong Kong society by allowing the people of Hong Kong to enjoy the rights and freedoms they were promised can be the only way back from the tensions and unrest that the territory has seen over the last year.
“The world’s focus on a global pandemic requires enhanced trust in governments and international cooperation. Beijing’s unprecedented move risks having the opposite effect. As Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity are jeopardized by the new imposition, we call on the Government of China to work with the Hong Kong SAR Government and the people of Hong Kong to find a mutually acceptable accommodation that will honor China’s international obligations under the UN-filed Sino-British Joint Declaration.”