U.K. Government replies on how the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the situation in Hong Kong will be delivered; and on the recent evidence, presented by the Hudson Institute at the International Religious Freedom Summit 2022, concerning ongoing organ harvesting in China and the facilitation of the practice by medical institutions in the West.

Jul 28, 2022 | Uncategorized

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL1763):

Question by Lord Alton of Liverpool :
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent evidence, presented by the Hudson Institute at the International Religious Freedom Summit 2022, concerning ongoing organ harvesting in China and the facilitation of the practice by medical institutions in the West. (HL1763)

Tabled on: 14 July 2022

Answer:
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

We continue to closely monitor and review evidence relating to reports of forced organ harvesting in China and maintain a dialogue with leading NGOs and international partners on the issue.

We regularly raise our concerns about the human rights situation in China directly with the Chinese authorities at the highest levels. Most recently, the Prime Minister did so in a telephone call with President Xi on 25 March.

Date and time of answer: 28 Jul 2022 at 15:58.

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Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL1764):

Question by Lord Alton of Liverpool :
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the observations on Hong Kong made by the United Nations Human Rights Committee during the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and what plans they have to ensure that the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the situation in Hong Kong are delivered. (HL1764)

Tabled on: 14 July 2022

Answer:
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

We have followed closely the United Nations Human Rights Committee review of Hong Kong’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, including the evidence submitted by Non Governmental Organisations regarding the use of the National Security Law to erode Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms. We note the concerns expressed about the National Security Law and the restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly, association and participation in political affairs. We look forward to seeing the recommendations from the Committee and will review accordingly.

The UK has been clear that the imposition of the National Security Law and the overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system have undermined the civil and political rights promised to Hong Kongers under the Sino-British Joint Declaration. We continue to work with our allies and partners as part of a global network of liberty to hold China to its international obligations.

Date and time of answer: 28 Jul 2022 at

16:59.

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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