UN Intends To Closely Monitor The Application Of The New Law In Hong Kong
The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) intends to closely monitor the implementation of the new national security law in Hong Kong. This was stated on Friday at a briefing in Geneva, the official representative of this Department, Rupert Colville, who expressed concern that in accordance with the new legislation, the first arrests have already been made.
"We are analyzing the content of the new law on national security. We are monitoring this closely in terms of its compliance with international human rights obligations in relation to the Hong Kong special administrative region," Colville said. "We are concerned that arrests have already been made in accordance with this law," the OHCHR representative said. Referring to the office's "preliminary analysis" of the document, he expressed concern that "the definitions of certain violations listed in the law are vague", which could lead to "arbitrary interpretation" in the application of the law and "undermine the protection of human rights".
On June 30, at the 44th UN session on human rights in Geneva, the representative of the United Kingdom, speaking on behalf of the group of 27 countries, which included primarily a number of EU members, as well as Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland, called on the authorities of China and Hong Kong to review the law on ensuring national security in Hong Kong approved earlier in the day in Beijing. In response, the representative of Cuba read out a statement from 52 States at the session expressing support for the law adopted in China. In turn, Russia's permanent representative to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, said that " Russia supports the "one country - two systems" approach, considers the situation in Hong Kong as a purely internal matter of China and calls for refusing to interfere in it, including under far-fetched human rights pretexts."
The Standing Committee of the national people's Congress (NPC, the country's Parliament) adopted the law on national security in Hong Kong on June 30. As stated in Beijing, it aims to prevent crimes such as separatism, terrorism, Subversion of state power, and collusion with foreign forces and provides for life imprisonment as the capital punishment for them. According to the law, the Central authorities of the PRC will create special state security bodies in this administrative region, which will not be subject to the jurisdiction of the Hong Kong administration.