Doing our duty


This report from the UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute looks at how Britain can help Hong Kong’s citizens.

The United Kingdom has a duty under the Sino-British Joint Declaration to uphold the rights of Hong Kong citizens until 2047 as a joint signatory and ex-colonial power. While the United Kingdom cannot act within the territory of Hong Kong it can still act to maintain and enhance the rights of Hong Kongers within the territory of the United Kingdom. This paper makes the case for an extension of full British citizenship rights (including the right of residency here in the UK) to those in Hong Kong who are currently designated British National (Overseas), and to offer this to all Hong Kong citizens in the face of Chinese overreach and aggression in the territory following months of protests.

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