Commissioner's Office urges foreign politicians to stop interfering in judicial proceedings in the HKSAR
2021/07/31

The spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR strongly disapproved and firmly opposed the irresponsible remarks made by some politicians of European External Action Service about the Hong Kong High Court’s first verdict under the National Security Law, which smeared the law and Hong Kong’s rule of law as a whole.

The spokesperson pointed out that the HKSAR is governed by the rule of law, where laws shall be abided by and rigorously enforced. There are conclusive evidences about the violation of the law in this case, so Hong Kong judicial authorities shall punish the law-breaker in accordance with law and external forces shall not interfere. The purpose of preventing, stopping and punishing a very small handful of criminal acts endangering national security in accordance with law is to better protect the lives and property of the vast majority of citizens and to better maintain law and order in Hong Kong. Over the past year since the implementation of the National Security Law, the lawful rights and freedoms of Hong Kong citizens have been fully protected, the rule of law and judicial independence have been safeguarded, Hong Kong people have enjoyed a peaceful life again, and social justice has been upheld. Facts have proved that the National Security Law is a law that protects the security, stability and tranquility of Hong Kong and ensures the steady and sustained implementation of One Country, Two Systems.

The spokesperson said that certain foreign forces set the National Security Law against human rights and freedoms and tried hard to defend for criminals. These people tout themselves as advocates for the rule of law and judicial independence, but are obsessed with interfering with others’ judicial justice; these people claim to safeguard human rights and freedoms, but turn a blind eye to criminal acts that endanger the lives of others and the safety of the public; these people clamor for upholding international rules, but trample on international law and the basic norms governing international relations and also meddle with others’ internal affairs. These practices have once again exposed their hypocrisy and double-standard. We urge the relevant politicians to immediately stop interfering in judicial proceedings in Hong Kong, immediately stop harming the rule of law and judicial independence in the city, and immediately stop meddling with Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs at large.

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