UK should not comment on Hong Kong rights and freedoms, given its own shameful discrimination

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 April, 2018, 1:04pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 April, 2018, 1:04pm

The current British government is in no position to comment on any aspect of basic rights and freedoms in other jurisdictions (“British report warns Beijing is increasing pressure on Hong Kong’s basic rights and freedoms”, April 18).

Yet another scandal erupted last week in the UK parliament, relating to the destruction of documentary evidence of statehood of West Indian immigrants brought over to help post-war Britain rebuild its economy. The first group had arrived on a ship called the Empire Windrush, in June 1948.

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The destruction of all important landing cards, showing Windrush immigrants’ arrival dates in the UK, was carried out in 2010, when Theresa May, now prime minister, was in charge at the Home Office.

Now, the cruel and callous conservative government is trying to deport children who entered the UK legally. Others are being denied basic rights such as access to welfare, jobs and housing.

This is basic discrimination and is morally obscene. Never have I felt more ashamed of being British in this vindictive breach of human rights pursued by a hapless minority government.

Andrew Burd, Tai Po