A United Nations committee has been urged to both question mainland officials over its decision to interpret the Basic Law and condemn the Hong Kong government for seeking the interpretation. Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun also asked the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at a hearing in Geneva to urge the Hong Kong government not to seek further interpretations from Beijing. Hong Kong people's rights enshrined under the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights had been undermined by both the mainland and Hong Kong governments, Mr To told delegates yesterday. 'The intervention of the mainland in Hong Kong affairs violates the 'high degree of autonomy' provided by the Basic Law and impinges on the rule of law in Hong Kong,' he said. The lack of a democratic political system resulted in a government unaccountable to the public and undermined the rights provided for under the covenant. The latest interpretation on the Basic Law was intended to prevent any court proceedings derailing the July chief executive election and 'totally bypassed the judiciary and hence denied the proper functioning of the courts of Hong Kong'. Besides, he said, the interpretation severely undermined the 'one country, two systems' principle by incorporating concepts used in the mainland legal system into the Basic Law of Hong Kong. Mr To said the interpretation of the Basic Law by the mainland government 'out of political expedience' threatened the rights of Hong Kong people under the covenant. 'We strongly urge the committee to ask direct questions of responsible mainland officials immediately on the interpretation of Hong Kong's Basic Law,' he said. Mr To also called on the committee to condemn the Hong Kong government for undermining the rights of the people by seeking Beijing's interpretation.