5th June 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Security Bureau (SB) has spoken out against the National Taiwan University Graduate Students Association’s unfounded and false accusations against the Hong Kong Police‘s law enforcement actions on 4th June. The SB has strongly condemned the organisation for disregarding the facts, confusing right and wrong, and attempting to shift the focus by smearing the lawful actions of the Police.
In response to the accusations made by the National Taiwan University Graduate Students Association, a spokesman for the Security Bureau reiterated that 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. The spokesman emphasised that political stance or background has nothing to do with the enforcement of the law. Hong Kong is governed by the rule of law, where laws must be observed, and anyone who breaks the law will be held accountable in accordance with the law. No one is above the law.
The Basic Law, the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance, and other relevant laws protect the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents. 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. The law also protects the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents under the Basic Law and the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as applied to Hong Kong, including the freedom of speech.
However, the spokesman emphasized that members of the public must abide by the law, not affect social order, and maintain national security when exercising their freedoms. The Hong Kong National Security Law aims to protect the safety and well-being of the people of Hong Kong and safeguard the city’s stability and prosperity. It is important to maintain social order and uphold national security while ensuring that the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents are protected.