Britain’s two highest-ranking judges have left Hong Kong’s top bench amid growing concerns over the area’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists.
In a move that will increase pressure on the remaining six British judges sitting in the court, Lord Reed and Lord Hodge said they had resigned over the draconian security law imposed on Hong Kong.
The times was among those who asked British judges to leave the court over fears they have lent credibility to China’s legal reforms and suppression of dissent in the former British territory.
Lord Reed of Allermuir said Supreme Court justices risked supporting the regime in Hong Kong if they did not resign. He and Lord Hodge have resigned with immediate effect
Reed, president of the Supreme Court in Great Britain, said that since the enactment of the National Security Act in 2020, the function of serving British judges in Hong Kong court has become “