Hong Kong still has human rights problems, according to the US government. There are 'limitations on residents' ability to change their government and the power of the legislature to affect government policies', the annual State Department report says in a three-paragraph dedicated to the Hong Kong situation. Other problems include violence and discrimination against women and ethnic minorities, trafficking in women for prostitution and restrictions on workers' rights to organise and bargain collectively, it says. The 'Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: the US Record 2004-05' report notes the National People's Congress Standing Committee's decision a year ago on the scope and pace of constitutional reform, in which it ruled out universal suffrage for elections in 2007 and 2008. It found last year's Legislative Council election was generally free and open, while noting there had been allegations that voters and political commentators had been intimidated. The US government stressed its support for democracy and activities to strengthen civil society in Hong Kong. Reacting to the report, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said China opposed irresponsible remarks by other countries. He said Hong Kong's democracy had made great progress since reunification and that progress would continue. A Constitutional Affairs Bureau spokesman said the central government had a responsibility to oversee Hong Kong's constitutional development. 'We hope that foreign governments and legislatures will continue to respect the principle that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's electoral arrangements should be made in accordance with the Basic Law,' he said.