A human rights watchdog yesterday threatened to complain to the United Nations if officials go ahead with plans to narrow the Bill of Rights Ordinance. Human Rights Monitor issued the warning as the provisional legislature prepares today to debate a bill to repeal amendments to the ordinance made last June by ousted legislator Lau Chin-shek. Mr Lau's amendments - which have been frozen since July - extend the ordinance to cover legal disputes between individuals. Previously, the ordinance covered only legal disputes between the authorities and the public. Last night, the director of Human Rights Monitor, Law Yuk-kai, urged the Government to take heed of public demand to withdraw its 'ridiculous bill'. 'By doing so, the Government can prove to the Hong Kong people and the international community that it does care about human rights,' he said. Mr Law said it was misleading and disingenuous of the Government to say its bill did not water down protection in the ordinance. 'Should the provisional legislature pass the bill, it would send a negative message that the interim body considers it an indispensable duty to erode human rights protection and contravene the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Basic Law,' he said. The now-defunct Preparatory Committee ruled that the interim body's functions were limited and it should only scrutinise laws indispensable to the operation of the SAR.