By: Stacy Hsu
Hong Kongers protest a controversial extradition bill that would allow people in the former British territory to be sent to China to face trial / CNA file photo
Taipei, June 11 (CNA) Dozens of civic groups in Taiwan called on the government Tuesday to adopt concrete regulations in response to Hong Kong's controversial extradition bill, suggesting tighter controls on investments from Hong Kong and visits by its civil servants, for example.
In a statement issued ahead of the expected second reading of the bill Wednesday, the groups urged the Taiwan government to submit a countermeasure proposal to the Legislature during its extraordinary session on June 17.
The Taiwan government should also issue a statement, asking the Hong Kong government to halt its review of the bill, which could put the personal freedom of Taiwanese nationals at risk, as it would allow the Hong Kong government to send suspects to China for trial, the groups said.
Despite fierce opposition by an estimated 1 million protesters in Hong Kong on June 9, the China-backed extradition bill is expected to be passed by lawmakers soon. [FULL STORY]