要求港府交人權報告、呼籲聯合國審議香港狀況 Demand HK Gov submit HR report, urge UN to review HK’s situation
Hong Kong Government yet to submit its human rights report submission
We urge the United Nations look into the decline of human rights in the city
Signatories to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights have the responsibility to take all measures to ensure the protection of basic civil and political rights. After the covenant came into effect in 1976 it was extended to Hong Kong. The Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law state the covenant is applicable to Hong Kong and continues to take effect. As a result, the HKSAR government has the responsibility to submit reports to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the condition of human rights in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong government was supposed to submit the 4th report on March 30th 2018. However, up till now the Hong Kong government has not adhered to the demands of the United Nations and this has led to the Human Rights Committee members being unable to proceed with a meeting to discuss and evaluate the Hong Kong report and monitor whether Hong Kong’s civil and political rights are being protected. Civil Human Rights Front strongly objects to the late submission of the Hong Kong report and condemns the government for avoiding the United Nations’ monitoring of the human rights conditions in Hong Kong.
The public consultation on the report was completed over 21 months ago, and we strongly believe the government should have had enough time to complete its 4th report and update the committee on the latest human rights condition in Hong Kong before 28th September. The report should include details about the demonstrations, assemblies, marches, the suppression of rights, elected legislators being ousted, right to participate by electoral candidates stripped, the press freedom and freedom of expression being suppressed, citizens being under surveillance and having their privacy encroached upon, the police officers torturing suspects and violently or sexually assaulting women and the elderly, the execution of the law being unfair, the police allowing triads to use violence against its citizens, the arrested citizens being fearful of their personal safety, the right to medical care and legal advice being stripped and being subject to political prosecution.
If the government continues to delay its submission of the report, then the Civil Human Rights Front strongly recommends the United Nations Human Rights Committee conduct a hearing without the report being submitted, and force the Hong Kong government to face up to the reality that the human rights situation in Hong Kong has been in decline and is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis. The conditions should be faced head on to ensure that Hong Kong’s rule of law and the civil and political rights would continue to be enjoyed by everyone.
Civil Human Rights Front