Britain wants answers after rights activist barred from Hong Kong: Boris Johnson
Rogers, who lived in Hong Kong between 1997 and 2002, had spoken out against the jailing of activists including Joshua Wong. Photograph: (Twitter)
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said London wanted an urgent explanation after a British human rights activist was barred from entering Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Benedict Rogers, deputy chairman of the governing Conservative Party's human rights commission, arrived by plane from Bangkok but was turned away by immigration in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
"I am very concerned that a UK national has been denied entry to Hong Kong," Johnson said in a statement.
"The British government will be seeking an urgent explanation from the Hong Kong authorities and from the Chinese government," he said.
"Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and its rights and freedoms are central to its way of life and should be fully respected."
Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 under a "One country, two systems" formula intended to protect its freedoms and way of life. The semi-autonomous city is supposed to handle its own immigration affairs.
Rogers, who lived in Hong Kong between 1997 and 2002, had spoken out against the jailing of activists including Joshua Wong.