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Press Release: National Security Law in Hong Kong

The Committee of the Oxford Hayek Society is anguished by recent developments in Hong Kong. We regret the newly-passed National Security Law. We call for Oxford SU and the collegiate university to investigate its implications for the welfare of Oxford's students urgently.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | 28 May 2020


Oxford Hayek Society Calls to Protect the

Welfare of Oxford's Students in Hong Kong


The Committee of the Oxford Hayek Society is anguished by recent developments in Hong Kong. We regret the newly-passed National Security Law. We call for Oxford SU and the collegiate university to investigate its implications for the welfare of Oxford's students urgently.


On 28 May 2020, the National People's Congress in Beijing passed the National Security Law. This legislation endangers the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong to speech, assembly and association, in contravention of the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed on 19 December 1984.


We share the sentiments expressed in the recent statement from the LSESU Hayek Society. We demand that the UK Government, in united voice with the international community, bravely champion the values of freedom and democracy. These values have been under sustained attack in Hong Kong from the Government of the People's Republic of China.


We welcome the joint statement released today from the governments of the UK, US, Australia and Canada. The statement called "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 honour China's international obligations under the UN-filed Sino-British Joint Declaration." We eagerly await the necessary actions that must follow these words.


We urge our followers to follow the continuing developments in Hong Kong and petition their legislative representatives, whether in Britain or overseas, to support the cause of freedom and democracy in Hong Kong.


Foremost in this support must be our concern for the welfare of the people of Hong Kong, especially those we are privileged to call our friends.


Therefore, we call for Oxford SU, the University of Oxford and its constituent colleges, permanent private halls and other institutions to investigate and safeguard as best and urgently as they can the welfare of Oxford's students living in Hong Kong, especially in light of the increased political unrest in the territory in recent days.


To this effect, we urge our followers from the University of Oxford to contact their Common Room Presidents and their representatives on Oxford SU's Student Council. We ask them to press for urgent action from the highest officials of Oxford SU, the University of Oxford and its constituent parts - with unconditional concern for the welfare of their students, our friends, living in Hong Kong.


We similarly urge our followers at Oxford Brookes University to raise the matter with Brookes Union and their respective university officials.


At the Oxford Hayek Society, we do not waiver in our support for individual, social and economic liberty.


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Founded in 1983, the Oxford Hayek Society is a student society for the advancement of individual, social and economic liberty.


We are Oxford’s oldest student society that advocates for free markets, civil liberties, private property, the rule of law and limited government. We are the home for classical liberals and libertarians studying in Oxford's universities. To that effect, we host speaker events, discussion groups and socials every term.

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