UN rights debate

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 October, 1997, 12:00am

The Secretary for Home Affairs, David Lan Hong-tsung, tells provisional legislators the Government is discussing with the Foreign Affairs Commission whether Beijing will submit two human rights reports to the United Nations on Hong Kong's behalf.

He said discussions had centred on what sort of report would be presented. The reports are required under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Mr Lan said the Government was only able to start discussing the issue with the commission after July 1. Asked whether a deadline had been set for the discussion between the two sides, he said: 'The discussion is still at its early stage.'