HUMAN rights activists will film the police's handling of demonstrations in the first few hours of Chinese rule for possible submission to the United Nations. At least eight activists will monitor 'high-risk' protests early on July 1, they said yesterday, after discussions with Assistant Police Commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai. The group of lawyers and overseas members of Human Rights Monitor, led by its local director Law Yuk-kai, will carry video and tape recorders and wear badges to identify themselves as non-demonstrators. 'We have an understanding with the Assistant Commissioner to protect ourselves even if we can't protect others,' Mr Law said. 'We'll wear badges and the Assistant Commissioner will advise police in the frontline that we are not demonstrators.' They will focus on the Convention and Exhibition Centre and Legislative Council Chamber, where potentially volatile protests are most likely. The team would send evidence of any violence or abuse by authorities to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights, but the data will also be used to record freedoms before and after the change of sovereignty. 'It's very important to make sure that the correct picture is received, but it also increases the credibility of the police,' Mr Law said. 'If it turns violent, if police or others act unreasonably, this will be recorded and it will be used to evaluate how the freedom of rights is respected in this important moment of history. 'We probably won't release recordings unless strictly necessary. If so, it will be used for our reporting and monitoring process at the United Nations Human Rights Committee.' The activists could also help negotiate between police and protesters if trouble flared, said Mr Law. 'If there's an outrageous breach of human rights, we can't stand by and keep our mouths shut. But hopefully the police will behave reasonably.'