Carrie Lam

  • HK leader says cannot demand rights protection for 12 arrested by China
    HONG KONG, September 22 (Reuters): Hong Kong has no legal basis to demand that any particular rights be extended to 12 Hong Kong people detained in China as they tried to flee by boat and they will have to face the law there, the city's chief executive said on Tuesday. The 12 were arrested on Aug. 23 for illegal entry into mainland Chinese waters after setting off from Hong Kong in a boat bound for self-ruled Taiwan following a crackdown on pro-democracy activists in t
  • Hong Kong leader says won't take U.S. sanctions against her to heart
    HONG KONG, August 18 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she was not too bothered about U.S. sanctions against her but the Chinese-ruled city will complain to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about a new U.S. requirement on Hong Kong-made products. The United States this month imposed sanctions on Lam and other current and former Hong Kong and mainland officials whom Washington accuses of curtailing political freedom in the financial hub. "Despite s
  • U.S. imposes sanctions on Hong Kong's Lam, other officials over crackdown
    WASHINGTON, August 7 (Reuters): The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the territory's current and former police chiefs and eight other top officials for what Washington says is their role in curtailing political freedoms in the territory. The sanctions were imposed under an executive order President Donald Trump signed last month to punish China for its moves against dissent in Hong Kong and are the latest dramatic action by
  • Hong Kong delays polls citing pandemic, but democracy camp sceptical
    HONG KONG, July 31 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a Sept. 6 election to the Chinese-ruled city's legislature by a year because of a rise in coronavirus cases, dealing a blow to the pro-democracy opposition which had hoped to make huge gains. The decision came after 12 pro-democracy candidates were disqualified from running for perceived subversive intentions and opposition to a sweeping new security law imposed by Beijing, prompting questions amo
  • Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy politician set to run for legislature
    HONG KONG, July 17 (Reuters): Hong Kong police arrested on Friday pro-democracy politician Tam Tak-chi, who is expected to run for a seat in the legislature in September's election, on charges including incitement to participate in unlawful assembly.   Tam, 47, the vice-president of the People Power party and a former radio host, won an unofficial primary poll organised by the opposition to select candidates for the Legislative Council vote.   The ar
  • Hong Kong leader reassures on national security legislation
    HONG KONG, June 23 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she will not select judges to preside over cases brought under the city's new security law, an apparent attempt to assuage concerns about the controversial legislation.   Lam said that, as chief executive, she would instead appoint a panel of judges for all courts based on recommendations from a judicial body.   "When one day there is national security cases, the responsib
  • Hong Kong leader says opponents of security law are 'enemy of the people'
    HONG KONG, June 16 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday urged opponents of Beijing's plan to impose national security legislation in the financial hub to stop "smearing" the effort, saying those who did were "the enemy of the people".   Beijing last month announced a plan to introduce legislation in Hong Kong to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference. The law could see Chinese security agencies set up bases
  • Hong Kong leader warns protesters that city cannot afford more 'chaos'
    HONG KONG, June 9 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam warned on Tuesday the city could not afford further "chaos" as activists marked a year of sustained pro-democracy rallies with lunchtime protests in several shopping malls.   The global financial hub is on alert for unrest with larger gatherings planned for the evening to mark the first anniversary of a mass rally that galvanised the pro-democracy movement.   That first rally, which drew an es
  • Hong Kong leader says Beijing will not back down on new security law
    HONG KONG, June 3 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Wednesday the central government will not back down on plans for national security legislation for the financial hub, even as Britain stepped up criticism of the move.   Lam, speaking during a trip to Beijing to discuss the new security law, was flanked by Hong Kong's justice secretary Teresa Cheng, its security secretary John Lee and its police chief Chris Tang.   Prime Minister Boris Johns
  • Carrie Lam says security laws will not affect Hong Kong's rights and freedoms
    HONG KONG, May 26 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that Beijing's proposed national security laws would not trample on the city's rights and freedoms and called on citizens to wait to see the details of the legislation.   Lam added her voice to an unprecedented barrage of statements by Beijing and local officials, and former city leaders defending the legislation and seeking to reassure residents, investors and diplomats about Hong Kong fre