June 29, 2020 / 3:19 PM / a month ago

Hong Kong's Carrie Lam to address top U.N. rights forum on Tuesday

FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks to the media over an extradition bill in Hong Kong, China, July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu//File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) - Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam will address the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, the U.N. programme showed, amid growing concerns about draft national security legislation.

The video message, at the start of a three-week session to examine human rights issues worldwide, appears to mark a bid by China to shape the debate at the 47-member state forum.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on June 19 that any new national security laws imposed on Hong Kong “must fully comply with China’s human rights obligations” and international treaties protecting civil and political freedom. China hit back that day, accusing her of “improper” remarks that “grossly interfere in China’s sovereignty and internal affairs”.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine Evans

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