"By unilaterally imposing the law, the PRC leadership is destroying Hong Kong's autonomy," said Bütikofer to the "Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland" (Wednesday editions). The promise of "one country, two systems" has been broken and the freedoms that have been guaranteed to Hong Kong citizens so far are being curtailed.
"The mysterious process, which even Beijing loyalists in Hong Kong did not allow complete information before the law was passed, mocks Beijing's claim to respect Hong Kong legal traditions," said the Green Party politician. "The Hong Kong we knew is now dead." Bütikofer, who is also the foreign policy spokesman for the Greens in the European Parliament, called for a sharp reaction from Europe: "Defenders of the rule of law, freedom and democracy worldwide must not limit themselves to complaining only about Beijing's illegal behavior," he told the RND . The European Union, and in particular its Member States, should take up the proposals made by the European Parliament regarding Beijing's violations, Bütikofer said: "Beijing should be brought to the International Court of Justice." The UN Secretary-General should appoint a special envoy for Hong Kong. "Trade privileges based on the principle of 'one country, two systems' should be withdrawn." In addition, people who commit violations of human rights should be sanctioned and democracy activists from Hong Kong should be offered asylum by democratic countries, said Bütikofer. "Now is the time to stand up for what we believe in and to make Beijing understand that it cannot ignore international commitments without paying a price." China passed its controversial Hong Kong national security law this Tuesday despite massive criticism in advance.