Bid to debate Benedict Rogers row rejected

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Bid to debate Benedict Rogers row rejected

Legco's House Committee has rejected an attempt to discuss at the next council meeting the controversial barring of a British activist from entering H...

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Legco's House Committee has rejected an attempt to discuss at the next council meeting the controversial barring of a British activist from entering Hong Kong. Hong Kong First legislator Claudia Mo wanted to table an urgent inquiry to press government officials on the decision to deny entry to Benedict Rogers. But lawmakers at Friday's House Committee meeting rejected Mo's proposal, with 34 legislators voting against and 19 supporting it. Rogers, a Conservative Party member and vocal supporter of democracy activists in Hong Kong, was denied entry by immigration officers at Chek Lap Kok last week. The government later indicated that it was a decision taken by Beijing because the matter touched on the country's foreign affairs. Mo said the government owes the public an explanation, as similar cases may happen again. She said next time it may be a journalist or an investor who is stopped in the name of "foreign affairs". "Where does it all end?" the lawmaker asked. A British minister told the UK parliament earlier this week that the Chinese ambassador was summoned over the matter and that London has written to the Hong Kong government about it.

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