Foreign ministers issue joint statement condemning last week’s arrest of more than 50 democracy activists in Hong Kong.

Former Democratic Party legislators Andrew Wan, left, Lam Cheuk-ting, second left, and Helena Wong, right, attend a news conference after being released on bail in Hong Kong, Friday, January 8, 2021 [Kin Cheung/ AP]

The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada have expressed “serious concern” about the arrests of 55 democracy activists and supporters in Hong Kong last week.

In a joint statement on Sunday, the four foreign ministers called on China to respect the freedoms of the people in the semi-autonomous territory and condemned the use of a draconian national security law to carry out the arrests.

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