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Denise Ho from Hong Kong is interrupted during the UN speech from China



Denise Ho told the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva that China had failed to honor its commitments when it took over Hong Kong in 1997, and reiterated the concern of millions of Hong Kong people, who joined mass protests in recent weeks.

"The Vienna Declaration guarantees democracy and human rights, but in Hong Kong they are seriously attacked," Ho said in her brief address to the UN body.

China's delegation interrupted Ho's speech twice through procedural motions. First, she accused Ho of having violated the UN constitution by calling Hong Kong a country rather than a part of China, and urged her to use "formulations that conform to UN rules."

Ho ended her speech by calling on the United Nations to convene an urgent meeting to "protect the people of Hong Kong" and remove China from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Weeks of Protests

Hong Kong protested in large numbers last month against a controversial bill that, critics say, will put political activists and businessmen at risk of being sent to mainland China.

The Hong Kong government says the bill merely closes a gap to allow suspected criminals to be extradited to areas where there are no official extradition treaties, including Taiwan, Macao and mainland China.

After the protests, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspended the bill. While it did not specify a timetable for resuming the debate on legislation, it indicated that it was unlikely to happen this year.

On Tuesday, Lam repeated that "the bill is dead", but stopped again formally withdraw It is a movement that protesters want to prevent the legislative process is easily resumed.

Opponents want the law to be completely withdrawn, and have expanded their list of demands to include Lam's resignation and full universal suffrage for the election of the city's leader and legislature.

"The people of Hong Kong have had enough with the Hong Kongers Konger government is not listening to their votes," Ho said in an interview with Swiss television after her speech.

"This extradition law is only one trigger of all the frustrations that have occurred in the last 1

0 to 15 years of all the freedoms and human rights abused by the Hong Kong government, and of course the Chinese government behind them."

The ongoing rallies, most of which were peaceful, became violent on July 1 as some of the protesters invaded the Hong Kong Legislative Council building, spraying graffiti on the walls and blurring the official Hong Kong emblem.

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