Some United Nations member states have responded positively to lobbying by Hong Kong human rights activists urging scrutiny of human rights on the mainland, and Hong Kong's political development The United Nations Human Rights Council will conduct its first universal periodic review on China today, during which member states can question the mainland and Hong Kong delegations. But the lobbying could be to no avail. Hong Kong activists in Geneva to observe the hearing expressed concerns that countries with an embarrassing human rights record could abuse the process by having their allies dominate the session, thereby blocking proper scrutiny. Before setting off for Geneva last week, human rights activists and Democratic Party vice-chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing visited various consulates in Hong Kong, and sent a recommended list of questions to diplomats, urging them to take up certain issues during the hearing. A spokeswoman for the Canadian consulate, which has had a major role in drafting the UN report on China, said: 'Canada takes its role at the UN Human Rights Council very seriously and welcomes any information that may contribute positively to the process. 'Documentation ... has been shared with our colleagues both in Canada and in Geneva.' Ms Lau said she and NGO representatives had met Swiss and United States missions' staff in Geneva and planned to meet more diplomats today. She said countries were subject to very little critical questioning when too many others applied to ask questions during UN reviews. More than 100 countries have already applied to question China. 'If all 100 of them are really that concerned about China's human rights, then that's great, but we'll have to see if that is the case,' she said.