More intense criticism of Hong Kong's controversial extradition bill, which legislature demands demands

Hong Kong's controversial extradition bill has drawn criticism from EU and US politicians on the same day, while lawmakers are subjected to an accelerated government legislative process.

On Friday, eight commissioners from the US Congress Executive Commission on China (CECC) wrote to CEO Carrie Lam asking for the bill to be "withdrawn".

"We believe that the proposed legislation would harm Hong Kong's dear autonomy and human rights protection by allowing the Chinese government to request extradition of businessmen, journalists, lawyers and political activists resident in Hong Kong," the letter read.

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The commissioners added that the bill could "negatively affect the unique relationship between the United States and Hong Kong" – referring to the long-standing US policy of providing preferential treatment to mainland China.

The Bipartisan letter was signed by Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Steve Daines of the US Senate, as well as James McGovern, Ben McAdams, Christopher Smith, Thomas Suozzi and Brian Mast of the US House of Representatives.

Earlier in the day, the EU office in Hong Kong and Macau issued a diplomatic démarche, in the form of a protest note, also addressed to Carrie Lam.

The EU office confirmed that representatives of the Member States met Lam in order to "perform a démarche reiterating their concerns regarding the government's proposed changes in Hong Kong's offensive promises."

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CECC and the EU Office came up with a growing list of foreign agencies that expressed concern over the bill, which would allow Hong Kong to transfer refugees to jurisdictions as it has no prior transfer agreement. [19659002] Lamb's office confirmed to the press that the CEO met representatives of the EU Friday, but did not say what was being discussed.

Democrats pursued at LegCo

The past two months, the pro-democracy legislators have attempted to stop the bill of concerns that residents might risk being extradited to mainland China – a concern echoed by lawyers journalists foreign politicians and ] businesses .

However, these efforts were reduced Friday when the House Committee's House Committee – which holds a majority in the Beijing camp – voted 40-19 to circumvent the committee's review of the bill. This meant that lawmakers accepted the requirements of Chief Security Officer John Lee, who earlier said that the bill had to return to the main legislative chamber by June 12.

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Democrats protest at the House Committee's meeting. Photo: Apple Daily.

The House Committee also voted 40-18 to dissolve the committee expecting the extradition bill. Over the past month, a legitimacy dispute between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps has led to heated clashes between legislators.

Democrats James To previously claimed to be the legitimate chair of the relevant accounting committee, while his political rivals said the role belonged to legislature Abraham Shek. The debate was perceived after the accounting committee was disbanded by the House Committee, when the Democrats attempted to block the movement.

At the Friday meeting, pro-democracy camps spent two hours out of the five-hour trial process, before four of their members – Claudia Mo, Eddie Chu, Au Nok and Ted Hui – were triggered from the chamber to protest.

The Legislative Secretariat also implemented new measures aimed at journalists, claiming that they were necessary to prevent the chaotic scenes that occurred earlier this month.

The secretariat used a cordon to share the corridor outside meeting room 1 to a "press room" and "LegCo members", and kept photographers away from the meeting room.

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Pro-Beijing legislator Ann Chiang takes down posters of the pro-democracy camp. Photo: Apple Daily.

The spokesman after the meeting said the pro-democracy camp convention Claudia Mo that the House Committee leader and DAB legislator Starry Lee wanted to convey a false impression that the legislature had "calmed down".

"If [Lee] allows to de-escalate the situation, we will compete this to the end," Mo said. "The biggest reason to continue is to reveal the hypocrisy in the Beijing camp. They are in cahoots with the government and think they can fool the audience if they put on a good show."

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On Thursday, the Beijing newspapers Wen Wei Po and Take Kung Pao cited a named "authoritative source" which states that the extradition bill will mainly target resident and Hong Kong who commit crimes on the mainland and flee to Hong Kong.

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First Vice Premier Han Zheng meets Hong Kong and Macau delegates. Photo: screenshot.

While the law could target Hong Kong's who threatened national security in Hong Kong, the source said that these cases "would generally be dealt with by the Hong Kong courts under local laws" – but did not rule out the possibility

The law may also affect Foreigners committing crimes directed against the Chinese state or its citizens, but the source said that such cases would be "highly unlikely" and that China had to consider additional factors such as diplomatic relations.

The comments came after Chinese vice president Han Zheng spoke for the distribution bill on Tuesday – became the highest ranked Chinese state officer to give his public endorsement.

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