Brussels (People's Daily)- Henry Ho, founder and chairman of the One Country Two Systems Youth Forum, spoke out for Hong Kong in an online speech at the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council.
Ho said, “Hong Kong is a capitalist city of socialist China under the principle of ‘one country, two systems.’ This principle is innovative and mutually beneficial for Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.”
He noted that the National Security Law in Hong Kong has been enacted for about 8 months, adding that Hong Kong people finally bid farewell to lies, rumors and the resulting hatred and violence due to the riots.
Ho totally refuted the allegation that the rule of law is dead and Hong Kong people no longer have freedom of protest. He said, “This is simply not true. Hong Kong streets are much calmer due to the social-distancing measures for fighting COVID-19. A two-person gathering rule has been implemented, like in many European countries. Peaceful protests will definitely come back after COVID, on issues like housing or social welfare, but not on independence, or acts endangering our national security.”
He emphasized that Hong Kong is still practicing common law. All judges of the National Security Law are existing Hong Kong judges. They may only be removed for inability to discharge their duties, or for misbehavior, he added.
“Former Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma said that the judiciary has received no interference from anyone in Hong Kong or Beijing. Google his speech in this January if you like,” Ho concluded.