UN experts repeal Hong Kong security law in letter to China

GENEVA (Reuters) – UN human rights experts have called China a new security law for Hong Kong “a violation of certain fundamental rights” and expressed concern that it may be used to prosecute political activists in the former British colony Can.

FILE PHOTO: On June 3, 2020, in Beijing, China, ahead of a news conference organized by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Chinese and Hong Kong flags were hoisted at the government office of Hong Kong and the Special Administrative Region. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rollins

In a rare joint letter made publicly on Friday, 48 hours after it was sent to the Chinese government, he also said that the provisions of the new law appear to undermine Hong Kong judges and lawyers’ right to freedom and freedom of expression .

The “open letter” reflected a detailed legal analysis of the national security law imposed in Hong Kong on 30 June, which had drawn criticism of the United Nations before its adoption.

The law allows China to do anything for subversive, separatist, terrorism or collusion of foreign forces and is sentenced to life in prison. Officials and the financial center in Beijing have said that legislation is necessary to ensure the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong.

Critics say the law erodes the broad freedoms promised in Hong Kong upon its return to China’s rule in 1997 under the “one country, two systems” agreement.

The 14-page letter, posted on the website of the United Nations Human Rights Office, was sent by Fionnula ni Aolen, specifically on protecting human rights during the UN’s counter-terrorism and six other UN experts.

Independent experts said the measures of the law are not in line with China’s legal obligations under international law and are of concern that the law “lacks precise (and) infringements on certain key rights”.

“The law should not be used to restrict or limit protected fundamental freedoms, including the rights of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly,” he said.

The group also expressed concern that “many legitimate activities” of human rights defenders in Hong Kong would be illegally redefined.

Experts urge China to explain that it plans to implement the “extra-territorial jurisdiction” contained in the new law to ensure it complies with an international treaty on civil and political rights signed by Beijing Does.

Protests in Hong Kong last year led to the perception that Communist Party-ruled Beijing was strengthening its hold on independence, which the authorities rejected.

He began a peaceful march against a withdrawal bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China, but clashes between police and protesters became more violent in later months.

Experts said China should appoint a “completely independent reviewer” to examine compliance with the law with its international human rights obligations.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehe; Editing by Anne Marie Rowntree and Gerry Doyle

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