The spokesperson for the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR strongly disapproved and firmly rejected the irresponsible remarks made by some groups and members of the US Congress concerning HKSAR courts’ trial of the Hong Kong 47 case. They slandered the situation of human rights and the rule of law in Hong Kong, and interfered in the judicial proceedings in the SAR. We urge the politicians to stop their botched political show immediately.
The spokesperson pointed out that before the nomination of candidates for the Seventh Legislative Council of the HKSAR (LegCo) in 2020, those anti-China elements in Hong Kong had conspired to organize a so-called “primary election” and fabricate public opinions in an attempt to seize control of the LegCo. In so doing, they sought to paralyze the SAR Government and pressure the Central and the SAR governments. Such a despicable plot not only jeopardized the democratic electoral system stipulated in the Basic Law of the HKSAR, but is also suspected of committing the crime of subversion under the National Security Law for the HKSAR. Facts are clear and justice must be upheld!
The spokesperson said that enforcing laws and holding lawbreakers accountable is the core tenet of the rule of law. No one has the privilege to be above the law, and no rights and freedoms should cross the bottom line of national security. This is not only an explicit provision of relevant international conventions, but also a legal practice of all countries. However, some politicians of a few countries stick to their hypocrisy and double standard, repeatedly interfere in the judiciary of the SAR, and put political manipulation above the law. Without caring about democratic chaos in their own countries, they vilified the National Security Law for the HKSAR, sugarcoated anti-China forces in Hong Kong as so-called “fighters for freedom”, and meddled with the judiciary of the SAR. Their sinister intention of undermining Hong Kong’s rule of law and interfering in Hong Kong affairs have been laid bare!
The spokesperson stressed that the rule of law is a cornerstone of Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, and “one country, two systems” has always been upheld based on the rule of law. Since the implementation of the national security law, public order in Hong Kong has been restored, the legal principles upheld, development back on track, and the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents better protected. The law enforcement and judicial organs of the SAR have strictly enforced the law and handled cases impartially, which safeguarded the constitutional order of the SAR established by China’s Constitution and the Basic Law of the HKSAR, and also laid a solid legal foundation for the better development of Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s legal index ranks high globally, which is a vote of confidence in Hong Kong cast by the international community, and also a powerful rebuttal to smears and doom-saying about Hong Kong.
The spokesperson reiterated that in the face of the historical trend of Hong Kong moving from chaos to stability and prosperity, Western politicians can never get their way in disrupting Hong Kong by interfering in the judiciary of the SAR. No external forces can dampen the legal foundation in Hong Kong or the confidence of the international community in Hong Kong’s rule of law, nor can they impact our strong determination to safeguard “one country, two systems” and national security. We urge Western politicians to put themselves in the right position, recognize the reality, earnestly respect the spirit of the rule of law, and immediately stop interfering in and damaging the judicial system of Hong Kong!