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US News The UN Human Rights Committee requests the repeal of the National Security Act to Hong Kong

20:30  27 july  2022
20:30  27 july  2022 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Le Comité des Droits de l’Homme de l’ONU demande l’abrogation de la loi sur la sécurité nationale à Hong Kong © Copyright 2022, the OBS

The UN S Committee of Human Rights 'is worried this Wednesday, July 27 with the deterioration of the situation in Hong Kong and asked the authorities to repeal the National Security Act Imposed by Beijing two years ago.

This committee of independent experts mandated by the UN, but which does not speak in the name of the organization, said it was "deeply concerned about the too broad interpretation and the arbitrary application of the law", urging the Hong Kong authorities to "take concrete measures to repeal it and, in the meantime, refrain from applying it".

"The worst is to come": in Hong Kong, 25 years after retrocession, Beijing strengthens its repressive apparatus The national security law was imposed by Beijing on the former British-colony in 2020 to end the immense and often violent pro-democracy manifestations. The text criminalized subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

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Since its entry into force, opposition

has been the subject of severe repression and most of the figures that embodied democracy in Hong Kong have either fled the country or have been prevented from exercising a mandate or imprisoned .

The "lack of clarity" pinned in its fourth regular examination of Hong Kong, the Committee deplored that the Security Act has been promulgated "without consultation with the public and civil society".

The 18 experts warned that the "lack of clarity" of the text made it difficult to determine what behaviors and conduits constituted a criminal offense.

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The Committee also deplored that national security affairs have been transferred to the Chinese jurisdiction, as well as "excessive power" granted to the director general of Hong Kong under the law.

That, he warned, "can actually undermine the independence of legal and procedural guarantees for access to justice and the right to a fair trial".

Once the law was repealed, the Committee called for the legislative process surrounding the promulgation of any new law on national security is "inclusive and transparent, facilitating the free, open and significant participation of civil society and the public" .

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