On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.
L’Union européenne et le Canada rappellent leurs relations étroites avec Hong Kong en vertu du principe «un pays, deux systèmes» et l’importance qu’ils attachent au maintien de sa stabilité et de sa prospérité.
The European Union and Canada recall their close relations with Hong Kong under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and their strong stake in its continued stability and prosperity.
For the last two months, large numbers of citizens have been exercising their fundamental right of assembly. However, there has recently been a rising number of unacceptable violent incidents, with risks of further violence and instability.
It is crucial that restraint be exercised, violence rejected, and urgent steps taken to de-escalate the situation.