Removal of extradition bill ‘not enough’ in Hong Kong

The withdrawal of an extradition bill that threatened religious freedom in Hong Kong is not enough to satisfy Christians and others amid protests there.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam pledged Sept. 4 to formally withdraw the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance which would have given China the right to extradite Hong Kong Christian residents to mainland China for prosecution. 

Comprising only about 10% of Hong Kong’s residents, Christians feared the extradition law would subject them to the intense religious persecution Christians suffer in China. 

Among freedoms enjoyed in Hong Kong — which has a limited democracy — Christians can gather without obtaining a permit as required in China. (BP)