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香港 行政長官、「逃亡犯条例」改正案を事実上撤回

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revive
復活させる
extradition
逃亡犯罪人引き渡し
bill
法案(後出 legislation も同意)
embattled
追い詰められた
draw
引き起こす(後出 ignite も同意)
massive protest
大規模な抗議
legislative session
立法会のこと(後出 legislative exercise は立法会での審議のこと)
Chief Executive Carrie Lam
林鄭月娥行政長官のこと
retract ~
~を撤回する
suspect
容疑者
trial
裁判
finish one's term
任期を全うする
weakening
弱体化
colony
植民地
autonomy
自治権(後出 special ... status は特別行政区としての地位)
Communist
共産党員(後出 Communist Party は共産党)
authoritarian
権威主義の、独裁主義の
confidence
信頼
uproar
騒動
highlight
強調する
critic
批判者
vague
あいまいな
charge
容疑
torture
拷問
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (AP)

Hong Kong will not likely revive extradition bill   

HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's embattled leader apologized on June 18 for an unpopular extradition bill that drew massive protests and indicated it will not be revived during the current legislative session.

But Chief Executive Carrie Lam did not formally retract the legislation, which would allow some suspects to face trial in mainland Chinese courts. She also said she hopes to finish her term.

Lam said she did not expect to be able to win public support for the bill, seen by many in Hong Kong as a further weakening of the former British colony's legal autonomy at a time when Communist-ruled China is growing increasingly authoritarian.

"If we don't have confidence from the people, we will not proceed with the legislative exercise again," Lam said.

The bill ignited several massive protests, including a march by nearly 2 million people on June 16 and by as many as 1 million people a week earlier.

The uproar over the extradition bill has highlighted worries that Hong Kong is losing the special autonomous status China promised it when it took control from Britain in 1997.

One concern is that the law might be used to send critics of Communist Party rule to the mainland to face vague political charges, possible torture and unfair trials.

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週刊英語学習紙 毎日ウィークリー6月29日号

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