07/01/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/30/2020 20:10
On 30 June, 2020, the 44th session of the Human Rights Council was held in Geneva. At the session, Cuba read the joint statement on behalf of 53 countries, expressing support for the Law on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China.
Cuba said, non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states is an important principle enshrined in the UN Charter and a basic norm in international relations. In any country, the legislative power on national security issues rests with the state, which in essence is not a human rights issue and therefore not subject to discussions at the Human Rights Council.
Cuba stressed, we believe that every country has the right to safeguard its national security through legislation, and commend relevant steps taken for this purpose. We welcome the adoption of the decision by China's legislature to establish and improve a legal framework and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR for the purpose of safeguarding national security and China's reaffirmation of adherence to the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle. We are convinced this move helps to ensure that 'One Country, Two Systems' is steady and enduring, and that Hong Kong enjoys long-term prosperity and stability. The legitimate rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents can also be better exercised in a safe environment.
Cuba reiterated that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China, and that Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs that brook no interference by foreign forces. We urge relevant sides to stop interfering in China's internal affairs by using Hong Kong issues.