Hong Kong: Human Rights

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 28th July 2022.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the observations on Hong Kong made by the United Nations Human Rights Committee during the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and what plans they have to ensure that the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the situation in Hong Kong are delivered.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We have followed closely the United Nations Human Rights Committee review of Hong Kong's implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, including the evidence submitted by Non Governmental Organisations regarding the use of the National Security Law to erode Hong Kong's rights and freedoms. We note the concerns expressed about the National Security Law and the restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly, association and participation in political affairs. We look forward to seeing the recommendations from the Committee and will review accordingly.

The UK has been clear that the imposition of the National Security Law and the overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system have undermined the civil and political rights promised to Hong Kongers under the Sino-British Joint Declaration. We continue to work with our allies and partners as part of a global network of liberty to hold China to its international obligations.

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