HKSAR government vehemently opposes UK parliament’s claims over national security law and legal system in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Wednesday voiced vehement opposition to the UK parliament making unfounded allegations against Hong Kong’s national security law and legal system.
A Hong Kong SAR government spokesperson said: “We strongly oppose the absurd and misleading accusations against the national security law and our legal system. Every country in the world would take threats to its national security very seriously. China is no different.
“The enactment of the National Security Law is in line with international practice of safeguarding national security and the exercise of our country’s sovereign rights. It is appalling that some politicians deliberately vilified it by applying two double standards and making baseless allegations,” the spokesperson noted.
The spokesperson said the extraterritorial vested application of national security law is consistent with the well-recognized international law principle of protective jurisdiction.
“Extraterritoriality is in fact a common feature of national security laws in many countries. The extraterritorial effect provided for in national security law aligns with principles of international law and international practice. Critics made against our application of extraterritoriality are clearly tainted with double standards,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said Hong Kong is a society governed by the rule of law where laws must be upheld and offenders held accountable. No person or institution is above the law.
“Judicial independence in Hong Kong after the implementation of the national security law remains stronger than ever,” the spokesperson said.
“Any attempt to undermine our judicial independence through baseless allegations is futile. These spokespersons generally provide no justification because there is none,” the spokesperson added.
As the Chinese Foreign Ministry has repeatedly pointed out, the Sino-British joint statement stipulated the resumption of China’s exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and relevant arrangements during the transition period. With the resumption of China’s exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and the completion of follow-up issues, all provisions relating to Britain have been fulfilled. Thereafter, the system to be adopted in the Hong Kong SAR, as well as how to implement China’s basic policies regarding Hong Kong, are solely within China’s sovereignty and China’s internal affairs. , noted the spokesperson.
“Hong Kong is part of China, and Hong Kong affairs are purely our country’s internal affairs. We urge foreign politicians to respect China’s exercise of sovereign rights and immediately stop violating international laws. based on their misconceptions, even biased political interests,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Commissioner’s Office in the Hong Kong SAR on Wednesday expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the British side smearing the national security law in Hong Kong. , slander the rule of law in Hong Kong and grossly interfere in Hong Kong affairs under the guise of “recalling” non-permanent British members of the Court of Final Appeal.
The spokesperson pointed out that national security legislation is common international practice. The National Security Law in Hong Kong has endeavored to effectively close the legal loopholes in safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong SAR, suppress a small group of criminals who engage in activities that endanger the national security and to protect the freedom and rights of the majority of Hong Kong residents.
The spokesperson said that since Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, “one country, two systems” and the Hong Kong SAR Basic Law have been fully and properly implemented, and the state of law in Hong Kong has developed continuously within the framework of “one country, two systems”.
Ignoring the successful practice of “one country, two systems” and the rule of law in Hong Kong, the British side continues its political manipulation and tries to use the “recall” of the non-permanent British members of the Court of Final Appeal to discredit the Chinese government’s policy towards Hong Kong and smear the development of the rule of law in Hong Kong, the spokesperson said, adding that the move exposes its sinister intentions to undermine the “one country, two systems” practice. and disrupt the rule of law and order in Hong Kong.
The spokesperson stressed that Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong and is governed by the rule of law. No outside intervention can shake the foundations and the confidence of the international community in the rule of law in Hong Kong.
The office urged the British side to recognize reality and immediately stop its nonsensical political performance.