HC Deb 27 October 2003 vol 412 cc57-8WS
Diana Organ

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of infringements of human rights in Hong Kong. [134204]

Mr. Rammell

The 1984 Sino/British Joint Declaration on the question of Hong Kong provides for the continuation in Hong Kong, after the handover, of the rights and freedoms previously enjoyed.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary continues to report to Parliament on the implementation of the Joint Declaration on Hong Kong. These reports always contain a section covering basic rights and freedoms. The Foreign Secretary's last report (Cmnd 5864), which covered the first six months of this year, assessed that, in general, the basic rights and freedoms promised to the people of Hong Kong in the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law, were upheld during that period.

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