King’s College London refuses to withdraw its honor from uncompromising Hong Kong justice secretary despite appeal from OWN academics
- King’s College refused to take Teresa Cheng’s university scholarship away
- She is behind arrests of journalists and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong
- More than 20 scholars from King’s College Law School have written to Lord Geidt asking for the scholarship to be revoked
- But King’s executives responded to refuse to have the honor taken from Ms Cheng.
A university funded by millions of dollars in Chinese cash has refused to strip its honor to Hong Kong’s hard-line justice secretary despite a desperate appeal from its own academics.
King’s College London has repeatedly refused to withdraw her prestigious university scholarship from Teresa Cheng, who is behind the arrests of journalists and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.
More than 20 scholars from King’s College Law School have written to Lord Geidt, in his capacity as chairman of the university’s board, to request that Ms Cheng’s scholarship be revoked.
But after more than a year, King’s executives responded to academics refusing to withdraw the honor, saying Ms. Cheng’s “hard work” in supporting alumni justified the award.
Last week, Ms. Cheng, who was sanctioned by the US government for her role in suppressing democratic rights in Hong Kong, launched a tirade against “appalling” foreign politicians and organizations who had called for the release of journalists in the region.
King’s College London has repeatedly refused to withdraw her prestigious scholarship from Teresa Cheng (pictured) who is behind the arrests of journalists and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong
King’s refusal to withdraw Ms. Cheng’s honor comes despite bosses apologizing last April to staff who complained during the university’s photo tribute commemorating Prince Philip’s death due to her ” history of racist and sexist comments “.
And in 2019, the university withdrew an honorary doctorate from the Sultan of Brunei after his country made homosexuality punishable by stoning to death.
Eva Pils, a law professor at King’s who was one of those who called for Ms. Cheng’s honor to be revoked, said the university’s response was “unconvincing.”
She added: “It makes me very uncomfortable personally, and I find it an absolute embarrassment that she is always honored in this way.” I teach students from Hong Kong and I am aware of what they have just experienced.
She obviously bears the responsibility. The campaign to revoke Cheng’s honor began in 2019 when she was a leading figure in drafting the extradition bill that sparked protests in Hong Kong.
King’s is believed to have thousands of Chinese students paying millions in cash as he received £ 660,874 from controversial telecommunications giant Huawei since 2019.
Tory MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith (pictured) said: “The fact that King’s cannot in any way condemn someone like Teresa Cheng for his role in suppressing peaceful democracy activists is utterly hypocritical”
Conservative MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith said: “The fact that King’s cannot in any way condemn someone like Teresa Cheng for his role in suppressing peaceful democracy activists is utterly hypocritical.
“When it comes to a serious problem of great importance, because they are so completely attached to China, they dare not say a word.”
Luke of Pulford, a human rights activist who launched the campaign, said: “It is a crying shame to see a former institution scrambling to find flimsy excuses to celebrate a notorious tyrant just to keep China happy.”
A spokeswoman for King’s College said: “After careful consideration and while recognizing the strength of sentiments regarding the political situation in Hong Kong, the Board of Trustees of King’s College London has decided not to remove the FKC received by Ms. Cheng, as the contributions for which she received the award remain a fact.