Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam speaks at a news briefing, HKSAR, July 7, 2020. (Photo: HKSAR government)
Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), has dropped honorary fellowship with the Cambridge University's Wolfson College from her declaration of interests, local media reported on Saturday.
The Wolfson's president, Jane Clarke, issued a statement last month saying the college was considering a proposal to strip Lam of her fellowship after the enactment of the national security law in the HKSAR.
According to Lam, her decision was made after the college received unwarranted accusations from British politicians, media and organizations that pressured the college to revoke her fellowship following the enactment of the national security law.
Lam said she had repeatedly written to the college to clarify the situation.
The chief executive expressed her disappointment at Wolfson College's attitude and the accusations against her in the statement.
"I cannot persuade myself to continue having any connection with Wolfson College and therefore decided to give back the honorary fellowship," Lam wrote in a Facebook post on Friday, after she voluntarily gave up the fellowship.
Wolfson College issued a statement following Lam's decision: "The governing body raised concerns with Mrs Carrie Lam about her commitment to the protection of human rights and the freedom of expression in Hong Kong following recent events there. In response, Mrs Lam has resigned from her honorary fellowship."
"The governing body was due to consider Mrs Lam's honorary fellowship early next month but will no longer do so."
Lam was bestowed the fellowship in 2017 after she was elected the chief executive of the HKSAR.