The Security Bureau said it strongly opposes the National Taiwan University Graduate Students Association’s unfounded and false accusations against Police's law enforcement actions today. The bureau condemned the association for disregarding the facts, confusing right and wrong, and attempting to shift the focus by smearing the force’s lawful actions. All law enforcement actions taken by law enforcement agencies are based on evidence, strictly according to the law and for the acts of the people or organisations concerned, and have nothing to do with their political stance or background, the bureau reiterated. It stressed that Hong Kong is governed by the rule of law where laws must be observed and lawbreakers will be held to account in accordance with the law, adding that no one is above the law. Hong Kong residents enjoy the rights and freedoms under the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance and other relevant laws. The Hong Kong National Security Law clearly stipulates that human rights shall be respected and protected in safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the rights and freedoms, including the freedom of speech, Hong Kong residents enjoy under the Basic Law and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights as applied to Hong Kong shall be protected in accordance with the law. However, members of the public must abide by the law, not affect social order and maintain national security when exercising these freedoms, the bureau added.
posted on Jun 04, 2023 12:00 am