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Former top judge McLachlin ends term on Hong Kong court with ‘confidence’ in the system

By Vaseline Jun10,2024

In a statement, McLachlin said she will end her term as planned at the end of July, noting that she is now 80 years old.

She wrote that she has “confidence in the members of the court, their independence and their determination to uphold the rule of law.”

Beijing has gradually rolled back freedoms in Hong Kong, including introducing national security laws banning protests critical of the communist government.

China has made it harder for opposition politicians to get elected, taken steps to make it easier to extradite people to the mainland for trial and branded opposition politicians as criminals, including some who have fled to Canada.

The changes have led to a series of high-profile protests, including what activists in 2014 called the Umbrella Movement.

Beijing insists it is trying to preserve freedoms while rooting out foreign influence hostile to China.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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