Lawmakers urge British government to be more outspoken on Hong Kong democracy

A British parliamentary committee is uring the British government to be more outspoken in support of democracy in Hong Kong.

In a report Friday, the Foreign Affairs Committee said British officials have failed to clearly state their position on democratic developments in the Chinese territory, and warned that it could damage Britain's reputation there.

They stressed that Britain "can and should take a position" on democracy in the Chinese territory.

Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong turned out for pro-democracy protests that rocked the city for weeks last year. The student-led protesters occupied key streets to demand the removal of restrictions in place for 2017 elections.

The report also criticized British officials for not summoning the Chinese ambassador after China banned British lawmakers from visiting Hong Kong.