Hong Kong’s authorities told the UN Human Rights Council in a report on Wednesday that Hong Kong has taken a “main flip from chaos to governance” for the reason that implementation of the National Security Law. The report was revealed by the Hong Kong authorities after three weeks of public session in June.
Based on the report, the Nationwide Safety Regulation ended violence in Hong Kong and allowed Hong Kong to enter a stage of stability and prosperity. As well as, the report stated that rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents have additionally been protected extra successfully in a safer surroundings. The report additionally acknowledged that courts in Hong Kong uphold the rule of legislation and that Hong Kong protects the freedoms of the press and expressions of its residents.
The Nationwide Safety Regulation was imposed by Beijing in June 2020 after a controversial extradition invoice fueled the 2019 Hong Kong protests. On July 27, 2022, the UN Human Rights Committee called upon Hong Kong to withdraw the Nationwide Safety Regulation. It acknowledged that the committee is “deeply involved concerning the overly broad interpretation of [the] Hong Kong Nationwide Safety Regulation…which was handed by the Nationwide Individuals’s Congress of China with out session with the Hong [Kong] public.” In response, the Hong Kong authorities said on the identical day:
[W]e are utterly dismayed that the Committee continues to precise unsubstantiated criticisms in the direction of [Hong Kong] regardless of the delegation’s efforts in addressing members’ considerations and clarifying the misunderstandings of the human rights state of affairs in [Hong Kong] … The Committee has additionally raised numerous considerations and proposals with out giving due weight to the distinctive circumstances of Hong Kong which have been defined by the delegation repeatedly[.]
The Hong Kong authorities additionally urged the UN committee to contemplate the Nationwide Safety Regulation in gentle of the 2019 Hong Kong protests that preceded its implementation. The federal government additionally highlighted that the legislation has “successfully restored stability and safety” in Hong Kong.
At the least 265 individuals aged between 15 and 90 have been arrested underneath the Nationwide Safety Regulation since its implementation. On Thursday, Hong Kong’s Division of Justice published Annotations of the Hong Kong National Security Law and sedition offences in the Crimes Ordinance, which summarizes circumstances in relation to the Nationwide Safety Regulation and sedition offenses. Secretary for Justice Paul Lam stated that people and establishments in Hong Kong are obliged to abide by the Nationwide Safety Regulation and native legal guidelines. He additionally stated that summaries of Nationwide Safety Regulation circumstances “function a handy and sensible device for selling nationwide safety schooling and conducting authorized analysis on the nationwide safety legal guidelines.”