As the Co-Chairs of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, we have for many years supported Taiwan’s remarkable achievements in human rights, democracy and the rule of law. A beacon for freedom and democracy in Asia, Taiwan enjoys freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, political participation, the rule of law as well as same-sex marriage, and serves as a model for the social reform and democratic development of neighbouring countries who currently fall short of international standards. We are proud to stand by Taiwan and promote their status as one of Asia’s most vibrant democracies.
However, we are alarmed by the recent events in Hong Kong where over a million people have taken to the streets in protest against the proposed extradition bill, which threatens Hong Kong’s right to freedom and democracy. The repression of democracy, and those living in democratic countries, poses a serious threat not only to Taiwan, but to democracies around the world. We believe that now more than ever, it is imperative for the UK and other likeminded countries to take actions to uphold the democratic values and ideals we share and cherish.
Nigel Evans MP Lord Rogan
Posted on 18 June 2019