Two UN experts concluded yesterday that they were satisfied with human rights in the SAR. Speaking after spending the day with senior officials and political parties, Mr Justice P. N Bhagwati said the situation had improved since the United Nations Human Rights Commission issued a critical report in 1999. 'The human rights situation in Hong Kong is much more satisfactory than many parts of the world that I have visited,' he said. 'There are two or three shortcomings . . . some of those concerns are being tended to by the Government and we are quite happy about it.' Mr Justice Bhagwati and fellow commission member Christine Chanet met members of the Democratic Party and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong on the fourth day of their visit. Their main topic of discussion was the Falun Gong sect, although Mr Justice Bhagwati said he had little interest in the subject. 'We are not really concerned with the issue because it is an issue of a group's or an individual's complaint. We have no authority to go into it,' he said. The pair had discussed the Falun Gong issue during a meeting with Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee. They had also discussed the right-of-abode saga of 1999 when the Government asked Beijing to reinterpret the Basic Law to overturn a ruling handed down by the Court of Final Appeal. Mr Justice Bhagwati said the approach to Beijing was allowed by the Basic Law and did not contravene the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 'It is not our view at all that any reinterpretation by Beijing violated any covenant . . . Whether reinterpretation is made or not, your Court of Final Appeal has held that reinterpretation is binding, and rightly so because that is stated in your constitution, the Basic Law.' According to the commission's last report in 1999, it had serious concerns on the implication for judicial independence of the Government's decision to seek a reinterpretation. The commission had feared that by doing so the right to a fair trial could be undermined. But Solicitor-General Robert Allcock said last night that as the right to a fair trial had never been undermined, the fear of the commission had not been realised. In a meeting with Secretary for Home Affairs Lam Woon-kwong, the two UN members urged the Government to set up a human rights commission in the SAR. They also called for better race relations and said they would like to see the Government legislate against racial discrimination. Mr Justice Bhagwati will leave Hong Kong today while Ms Chanet is to stay an extra day to visit the border.