Pledge to push for subversion proposals

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 October, 1996, 12:00am

Non-government organisations attending the United Nations Human Rights Committee yesterday pledged to push for Britain's proposals on laws against subversion to be publicised by January.

The Democratic Party and the United Front Against the Provisional Legislature will submit two papers at an informal hearing with other non-government organisations before the British report to the committee next Wednesday.

Besides attacking the provisional legislature as illegal and unconstitutional, it will also raise the problem of the subversion laws.

It wants to ask committee members to press Britain to gazette their proposal if no agreement is reached with China by January.

Spokesman Andrew Cheng Kar-foo said: 'We hope the Human Rights Committee will understand our stance and urge the British Government to act on the issue.' Under the Basic Law, legislation against subversion has to be introduced by the handover.

The Post revealed on Sunday that Beijing had agreed to send officials to the hearing as observers for the first time.

'We plan to voice our anger to Chinese officials outside the conference venue against the provisional legislature and the subversion laws,' Mr Cheng said.