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UN experts say Hong Kong security law would undermine businesses' ability to respect human rights under Guiding Principles and call for withdrawal of law draft

Author: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Published on: 29 June 2020

“UN experts call for decisive measures to protect fundamental freedoms in China”, 26 June 2020

UN independent experts have repeatedly communicated with the Government of the People’s Republic of China their alarm regarding the repression of fundamental freedoms in China…

They have also raised their concerns regarding a range of issues of grave concern… [including] the broadly worrying anti-terrorism and sedition laws applicable in Hong Kong…

Most recently, 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 – which would, if adopted, violate China’s international legal obligations and impose severe restrictions on civil and political rights in the autonomous region…

The draft law would deprive the people of Hong Kong, who constitute a minority with their own distinctive history, cultural and linguistic and even legal traditions, the autonomy and fundamental rights guaranteed them under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ governance framework… The national security law would also undermine the ability of businesses operating in Hong Kong to discharge their responsibility to respect human rights in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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…

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