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Hong Kong security law

U.K. pulls judges from Hong Kong's top court over crackdown

Beijing, city blast attempt to 'undermine' judicial independence

Beijing ushered in a national security law in 2020 that saw the arrests of politicians, journalists, activists and lawyers.   © AP

HONG KONG -- Britain withdrew two judges from Hong Kong's top court on Wednesday, saying that their presence would endorse a Beijing-imposed national security law that undermined the city's reputation for political freedoms and an independent judiciary.

Lord Robert Reed and Lord Patrick Stewart Hodge, who also sit on the U.K.'s Supreme Court, resigned from Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal in a move backed by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab.

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