Émigré August 26: Her Majesty’s new top envoy to Hong Kong

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Former British ambassador to Myanmar Andrew Heyn will assume his new role as Consul General to Hong Kong. Expect some strong words on Hong Kong from this strong man.

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The British Government has appointed Andrew Heyn as the new Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao.

Mr Heyn joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1989 and served in Venezuela, Portugal, Ireland and Myanmar. During his mission to Rangoon as ambassador between 2009 and 2013, he wrote a series of articles for The Guardian, reporting on the symbolic but widely criticised 2010 general election. The election came just few days before the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in discussion with: (Clockwise from left) Andrew Heyn, James Gaggero, Lord Michael Williams and Dr Robin Niblett (Photo credit: Chatham House via www.flickr.com)
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in discussion with: (Clockwise from left) Andrew Heyn, James Gaggero, Lord Michael Williams and Dr Robin Niblett (Photo credit: Chatham House via www.flickr.com)



“[…] But there was certainly a wealth of anecdotal evidence of irregularities before election day, particularly concerning advanced votes that were cast by, inter alia, military and government personnel, under orders from their bosses. Some will conclude from this that most of the ‘necessary measures’ were taken before the election to ensure the ‘right result’,” Mr Heyn noted in one of his articles. Rare from a top-level diplomat, and definitely an unwelcomed ‘observation’ in the eyes of authoritarian governments.