China Labour Bulletin welcomes decision to postpone Article 23 but expresses concern for future proposals.

6 September 2003

China Labour Bulletin welcomes the decision to postpone the introduction of Article 23 legislation and more importantly the decision to withdraw the current proposals which are contrary to international human rights standards and would have led to damaging restrictions on the fundamental rights of Hong Kong people.

However, we remain aware of the fact that Article 23 of the Basic Law must be implemented and ask that the government uses this ‘breathing space’ to develop a set of non restrictive minimal laws which protect and promote basic human rights.

To view some reasons behind the decision: click here

To view the speech of the HKSAR Chief Executive: Click here

To view the ICFTU Press Release on the withdrawal : Click here

To view CLB’s previous research and publications on Article 23 : click here

To view the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions Complaint to the ILO on Article 23 and restrictions on the right to freedom of association: Click here

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