Naumann Foundation closes Hong Kong office

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The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom closes its office in Hong Kong.

The FDP-affiliated foundation announced on Wednesday. The new law for the "protection of national security" for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region can no longer guarantee the safety of employees.

All project activities of the Naumann Foundation in Hong Kong have therefore been frozen and the local offices have been terminated. The foundation had to part with the remaining four employees “for their safety”. An employee had previously left the foundation out of concern for his personal safety. "The last wave of arrests on August 26th also hit long-term partners of the Naumann Foundation," said the foundation's chairman, Karl-Heinz Paqué. “In Hong Kong today, there is a climate of fear and constant threat. Those who stand up for democracy and freedom in Hong Kong today are putting themselves in danger. ”The foundation does not want to expose its employees and partners to this risk, so the only step left is to close the office. "Our employees can be charged with the pretext that they are 'foreign agents' and sentenced to several years' imprisonment - without the rule of law, without the chance of a fair trial," says Paqué. "Who these 'foreign actors" are and to what extent they threaten national security, is determined solely by the arbitrariness of the Chinese authorities "