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Hong Kong: Government to withdraw extradition bill - Chief Executive

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
September 04, 2019 at 14:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, announced that the government will withdraw the suspended extradition bill that sparked months of mass protests, in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

"The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns," said Carrie Lam in her address.

The bill would have allowed the extradition of the Hong Kong's residents to mainland China for trials.

The Chief Executive also announced other actions, such as a full support to the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) and an extended dialogue with "community leaders, professionals and academics."

Lam added that "after more than two months of social unrest, it is obvious to many that discontentment extends far beyond the Bill. It covers political, economic and social issues."

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Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, announced that the government will withdraw the suspended extradition bill that sparked months of mass protests, in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

"The government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns," said Carrie Lam in her address.

The bill would have allowed the extradition of the Hong Kong's residents to mainland China for trials.

The Chief Executive also announced other actions, such as a full support to the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) and an extended dialogue with "community leaders, professionals and academics."

Lam added that "after more than two months of social unrest, it is obvious to many that discontentment extends far beyond the Bill. It covers political, economic and social issues."

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SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive: "Many would say that we need a common basis to start such a dialogue and that this has to start with the Chief Executive. I now present four actions to initiate this dialogue. First, the government will formally withdraw the bill in order to fully allay public concerns. The Secretary for Security will move a motion according to the rules of Procedure when the Legislative Council resumes. Second, we will fully support the work of the IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Council]. In addition to the overseas experts, I have appointed two new members to the IPCC, namely Mrs Helen Yu ad Senior Counsel Mr Paul Lam. I pledge that the government will seriously follow up the recommendations made in the IPCC's report. Third, from this month, I and my principal officials will reach out to the community to start a direct dialogue. People from all walks of life, with different stances and background are invited to share their views and air their grievances. We must find ways to address the discontent in society and to look for solutions. Fourth, I will invite community leaders, professionals and academics to independently examine and review society's deep-seated problems and to 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 bill. It covers political, economic and social issues."

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