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UN Watchdog Urges Hong Kong to Repeal National Security Law

  • Legislation restricts a wide range of rights, committee says
  • Hong Kong government rejects committee’s “unfair criticisms”
A government-sponsored advertisement promoting a new national security law in Hong Kong in June 2020.
A government-sponsored advertisement promoting a new national security law in Hong Kong in June 2020.Photographer: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg

The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on Hong Kong to repeal its Beijing-imposed sweeping national security law, raising deep concerns about the “overly broad interpretation” and “arbitrary application” of the legislation.

Authorities should “take concrete steps” to repeal the law and refrain from applying it in the meantime,  the committee said in a report released Wednesday. It noted the law was passed without consultation with Hong Kong civil society and restricted a wide range of rights protected by an international covenant.