Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has chaired a cross party webinar with pro-democracy activist and artist Ai Weiwei. Following the release of his documentary, Cockroach, Mr Carmichael spoke to him about the future of democracy in Hong Kong, and Britain’s role in defending the human rights of Hongkongers.
Speaking after the event, Mr Carmichael said:
“Ai emphasised that it is vital Britain stands up for our core beliefs in our dealings with China, and I agree. This is about Human Rights, and the point about human rights is that they are universal, or they mean nothing at all. Some things cannot be negotiated on.”
“Protest will only be effective against China if it’s made on a multilateral basis. Now is the time for multilateral institutions to step up to the plate. As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and because of our historical obligations in the area, Britain must lead the way and take a stand to defend human rights.”
“One thing that we can be doing in this country is offering safety and security for those who can no longer remain in Hong Kong. But this is not just about what’s happening in Hong Kong. It’s also about Xinjiang, Tibet, and future relations with Taiwan. Honouring our commitments now sends the message that we will oppose repressive behaviour from the Chinese government wherever it takes place.”