There is no pressing need for a subversion law since the SAR is well protected by existing criminal legislation, members of the visiting UN Human Rights Committee were quoted as saying yesterday. But Mr Justice P. N. Bhagwati and Christine Chanet indicated they would not raise the issue with the Government, Hong Kong Journalists' Association chairwoman Mak Yin-ting said after meeting the two committee members. 'They said it was not their responsibility to recommend whether a government should or should not enact any laws,' Ms Mak said. 'They said they could only urge the Government to make sure the law would conform to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.' Executive Councillor Nellie Fong Wong Kut-man last week urged the Government to consider a subversion law to regulate the activities of Falun Gong. Article 23 of the Basic Law states that the SAR Government has the responsibility to legislate against acts of treason, secession and subversion against the central Government. Studies on the issue had begun, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa told legislators yesterday. In its submission to the UN committee, the Journalists' Association said the environment for human rights had deteriorated over the past few months, and warned against legislation brought in under Article 23. Ms Mak quoted Mr Justice Bhagwati as saying he and Ms Chanet had received documents from local Falun Gong members, but could not meet them due to a tight schedule. Earlier yesterday, the two committee members met Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang. Ms Chanet said they asked how the SAR was implementing previous recommendations of the committee. A spokeswoman for Mrs Chan said Falun Gong and the subversion law were not discussed. Meanwhile, eight Christian groups called on mainland officials and pro-Beijing figures to safeguard religious freedoms amid fears Falun Gong is to be singled out for tighter control.