Fifty-three countries of the UN Human Rights Council, led by Cuba, have spoken out in favor of China’s national security law this week – a law that forms the basis for the recent communist regime crackdown on the people of Hong Kong.
Duel statements were read out on Tuesday in support of and against the national security law. According to Axios, Cuba has read a statement in favor of the law supported by 52 other countries, while the United Kingdom has read a statement that represents itself and 26 other countries.
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Chinese state media Xinhua reported that the Cuban statement said that the Hong Kong Prosperity and Stability Act was beneficial and guaranteed that Hong Kong residents could exercise their freedom in a “safe environment.”
The law criminalizes anti-government movements and is aimed at democracy-friendly protesters in Hong Kong who have resisted Beijing’s interference with the freedom of the territory – which is to be governed according to the “one country, two systems” principle. ”
The law punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with life imprisonment.
It also sets up a national security committee in Hong Kong under Beijing’s control, and allows those accused of crime to be sent to the mainland for trial. According to Chinese state media, those who are not permanently resident in Hong Kong can also be charged under the National Security Law.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday: “Free Hong Kong was one of the most stable, prosperous, and dynamic cities in the world. Now it’s just another communist-led city where the population will be subject to the party elite victories. “
However, in the Human Rights Council, which has a number of countries with poor human rights records, supporters of the draconian measure were more numerous than those who opposed it. The council was again reviewed for membership this year when Venezuela was among those with records of human rights violations who took a seat.
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The US sees the spectacle as further evidence that it was right to quit the Council in 2018. The then UN ambassador Nikki Haley called it “a protector of human rights violators and a dead end of political bias” in 2018.
Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.