53 na­tions join to wel­come na­tional se­cu­rity law for HK

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - Mo Jingxi con­trib­uted to this story.

Fifty-three coun­tries on Tues­day is­sued a joint state­ment, wel­com­ing China’s adop­tion of a na­tional se­cu­rity law for Hong Kong.

The law was passed unan­i­mously on Tues­day by the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, China’s top leg­is­la­ture.

“Non-in­ter­fer­ence in in­ter­nal af­fairs of sov­er­eign states is an es­sen­tial prin­ci­ple en­shrined in the Char­ter of the United Na­tions and a ba­sic norm of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions,” said Cuba’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on be­half of the 53 coun­tries in read­ing the joint state­ment at the 44th ses­sion of the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil on Tues­day.

The joint state­ment said that in any coun­try, the leg­isla­tive power on na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues rests with the state, which in essence is not a hu­man rights is­sue and there­fore not sub­ject to dis­cus­sion at the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil.

“We believe that ev­ery coun­try has the right to safe­guard its na­tional se­cu­rity through leg­is­la­tion, and com­mend rel­e­vant steps taken for this pur­pose,” the state­ment said.

“In this con­text, we wel­come the adop­tion of the de­ci­sion by China’s leg­is­la­ture to es­tab­lish and im­prove a le­gal frame­work and en­force­ment mech­a­nisms for HKSAR (Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion) for the pur­pose of safe­guard­ing na­tional se­cu­rity, as well as China’s reaf­fir­ma­tion of ad­her­ence to ‘one coun­try, two sys­tems’ guide­line.”

The state­ment on be­half of the 53 coun­tries said the new leg­is­la­tion will pro­vide a bet­ter guar­an­tee for “one coun­try, two sys­tems”, ben­e­fit Hong Kong’s long-term pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity and en­sure the ex­er­cis­ing of the le­gal rights and free­dom by Hong Kong peo­ple in a safer en­vi­ron­ment.

“We re­it­er­ate that HKSAR is an in­alien­able part of China. Hong Kong af­fairs are China’s in­ter­nal af­fairs that al­low no for­eign in­ter­fer­ence. We urge rel­e­vant par­ties to stop us­ing Hong Kong-re­lated is­sues to in­ter­fere in China’s in­ter­nal af­fairs.”

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Zhao Li­jian on Wed­nes­day said that the 53 coun­tries’ wel­com­ing of the law on safe­guard­ing na­tional se­cu­rity in Hong Kong at the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil meet­ing is “the call of jus­tice”, which once again shows that peo­ple in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity have fair judg­ments.

Zhao noted that the na­tional se­cu­rity leg­is­la­tion for Hong Kong is not at all an is­sue of hu­man rights and should be by no means politi­cized.

A small num­ber of ex­ter­nal forces are in­ter­fer­ing in an­other coun­try’s in­ter­nal af­fairs in the name of hu­man rights for an ul­te­rior pur­pose, he said.

“We urge re­lated par­ties to rec­og­nize the sit­u­a­tion and re­gard the law on safe­guard­ing na­tional se­cu­rity in Hong Kong in an ob­jec­tive and fair way. Stop smear­ing and in­ter­fer­ing in Hong Kong af­fairs and China’s in­ter­nal af­fairs,” Zhao said.

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