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Publish Date: 8:52 - 05 September 2020
Wednesday, 05 August 2020_China warned United Nations (UN) experts to stop meddling in its affairs after officials from the body raised concerns about the application of a uniform national security law to Hong Kong.

China warns UN against meddling in its affairs“Some people disregard the facts and maliciously slander China’s human rights situation… and crudely interfere in China’s internal affairs,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a daily news briefing in Beijing on Friday.

“Stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s affairs in any way,” the Chinese official said.

The remarks came after the UN special rapporteurs on human rights said in a letter on Friday that parts of the law “appear to criminalize freedom of expression or any form of criticism” of China.

The rapporteurs also said the security law “poses a serious risk” to “fundamental freedoms.” They claimed the security law breached international legal obligations, and urged China to “reconsider” the decision to apply the law to semi-autonomous Hong Kong.

Hong Kong enacted the national security law back in July, criminalizing sedition, secession, and subversion against mainland China.

Mainland security agencies were also officially allowed to be based in Hong Kong.

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