Members of the United Nations Human Rights Committee attacked the Government's handling of the right of abode issue yesterday. They expressed concern about the decision to ask the National People's Congress Standing Committee to, in effect, overturn the Court of Final Appeal's landmark ruling which increased the number of mainlanders eligible to live in the SAR. Delegates from SAR non-government organisations who observed the hearing, including James To Kun-sun of the Democratic Party, said the concerns expressed by members were encouraging. Speaking from Geneva last night, Mr To said seven of the members had been critical. He said R. Lallah of Mauritius believed the Government had ignored international obligations when asking the Standing Committee to reinterpret key Basic Law provisions. 'It makes one worry that 'one country, two systems' has turned into 'one country, one system',' Mr Lallah was quoted as saying. Nisuke Ando from Japan said he was unclear whether there was a sound basis for the Chief Executive to have sought reinterpretation, Mr To said. Mr Justice Bhagwati, a former chief justice of India, also cast doubt on whether the Chief Executive's action was justified. The committee is hearing evidence on how the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights has been implemented since the handover. Secretary for Home Affairs David Lan Hong-tsung, who is representing the Government in Geneva, said the concern over the right of abode issue was to be expected, but the Government had the 'overwhelming support of the community and a clear majority of Hong Kong's legislature' for it to ask for reinterpretation.