This photo dated June 23, 2016 shows the Central Government Offices at Tamar, Hong Kong. (HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
HONG KONG - Human rights and freedom in Hong Kong are fully protected by the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance and other legislation, according to a statement issued by the special administrative region's government on Wednesday.
The Basic Law clearly stipulates that the HKSAR is an inalienable part of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Any suggestion for 'Hong Kong's independence' is a blatant violation of the Basic Law and a direct affront to the national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the PRC
The statement was issued in response to media inquiries on the Six-monthly Report on Hong Kong (July to December 2018) issued by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
"Since the return to the Motherland, the HKSAR has been exercising 'Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong' and a high degree of autonomy in strict accordance with the Basic Law. The 'one country, two systems' principle has been fully and successfully implemented," according to the statement.
Human rights and freedom in Hong Kong, including freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, the right to vote and the right to stand for election, etc are fully protected by laws in Hong Kong. The HKSAR government attaches great importance to them and is determined to safeguard them, the statement read.
"At the same time, the HKSAR Government has a duty to implement and uphold the Basic Law and to ensure that all elections will be conducted in accordance with the Basic Law and relevant electoral laws. There is no question of 'political screening' as alleged by the report," the statement read.
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It added that the so-called "Hong Kong's independence" runs counter to the successful implementation of "one country, two systems" and undermines the HKSAR's constitutional and legal foundations as enshrined in the Basic Law.
"The Basic Law clearly stipulates that the HKSAR is an inalienable part of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Any suggestion for 'Hong Kong's independence' is a blatant violation of the Basic Law and a direct affront to the national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the PRC," it read. "Relevant international human rights convention and court cases have clearly pointed out that freedom of speech is not absolute."
It also urged foreign governments should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs of the HKSAR.
"For other issues mentioned in the report, including the prohibition of the operation of the Hong Kong National Party, a visa application case and the co-location arrangement of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, etc, the HKSAR Government emphasizes that it has all along been handling Hong Kong affairs strictly in accordance with the 'one country, two systems' principle, the Basic Law and the laws of Hong Kong," it read.
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