Extradition bill could undermine rule of law and competitiveness: AmCham President

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Hong Kong’s leader should drop a contentious extradition bill to avoid hurting the city’s rule of law and hard-earned competitiveness, the American Chamber of Commerce said in an interview with the South China Morning Post.

Tara Joseph, President of The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, offered the advice to Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in an interview with the South China Morning Post, warning that pushing the bill through would risk “shooting Hong Kong in the foot.”

To read AmCham's latest press release on the issue, click here.

The proposed legal changes have already caused headaches for the government. The bill, which would allow the transfer of suspects to jurisdictions with which the city does not have an extradition deal – including mainland China – has sparked fears that it could be used to victimize Beijing’s critics in Hong Kong. It has caused gridlock in the Legislative Council, where scuffles also broke out over the issue.

Read the full article at SCMP.