UN experts call for decisive measures to protect fundamental freedoms in China. Concerns raised on collective repression by China in Xinjiang, Tibet & Hong Kong against religious & ethnic minorities.
UN experts today published their report on fundamental freedoms in China. In the report they have denounced the repression of protest and democracy advocacy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), impunity for excessive use of force by police.
The experts have also raised their concerns regarding a range of issues of grave concern, from the collective repression of the population, especially religious and ethnic minorities, in Xinjiang and Tibet, to the detention of lawyers and prosecution and disappearance of human rights defenders across the country.
They also raised their deep concerned on controversial anti-terrorism and sedition laws which is applicable on Hong Kong. The National People’s Congress took a decision to draft a national security law for the Hong Kong SAR – without any meaningful consultation with the people of Hong Kong.
The experts said that the introduction of the draft national security law for Hong Kong is nothing but the curtailment of 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ governance framework.
The independent experts urge the Government of China to abide by its international legal obligations, including under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and withdraw the draft national security law for Hong Kong.
The UN independent experts believe it is time for renewed attention on the human rights situation in the country, particularly in light of the moves against the people of the Hong Kong SAR, minorities of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, the Tibet Autonomous Region, and human rights defenders across the country.