National Newswatch

Parliamentarians and human-rights groups, including Amnesty International, are urging Canada to open its doors to people fleeing Hong Kong in the wake of Beijing’s decision to impose a national security law on the former British colony.

They also called on Canadian lawmakers to resume parliamentary hearings on Canada-China relations and to be prepared to slap sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for quashing dissent in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protests had raged for nearly a year in the city before Beijing’s May 21 announcement that it would introduce security law to target subversion and sedition – a measure Canada and allies have warned could be used as a tool for political persecution.

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