Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam cuts ties with Cambridge University college

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has dropped her honorary fellowship with Cambridge University’s Wolfson College following a row over the state of academic liberties across the semi-autonomous region.

The college said last month that it was considering a proposal to strip Ms Lam of the title after the national security law, which significantly reduces Hong Kong’s independence from Beijing, was passed by the Chinese government in June.

Wolfson College said it had raised concerns with Hong Kong’s leader about “her commitment to the protection of human rights and the freedom of expression”.

On Saturday night, Ms Lam said on her Facebook page that she had written to the college a day earlier to relinquish her fellowship.

The chief executive said the college president had been under pressure from British politicians, the media and other groups since the eruption of anti-government protests in Hong Kong last year.

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