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Joint Statement delivered by Permanent Mission of Cuba at the 44th session of Human Rights Council

Madam President,

I have the honor to deliver this joint statement on behalf of 53 countries.

Non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states is an essential principle enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and a basic norm of international relations. In any country, the legislative power on national security issues rests with State, which in essence is not a human rights issue and therefore not subject to discussion at the Human Rights Council.

We believe that every country has the right to safeguard its national security through legislation, and commend relevant steps taken for this purpose. In this context, we welcome the adoption of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), as well as China’s reaffirmation of adherence to “one country, two systems” guideline. We are convinced that this move is conducive to ensure "one country, two systems" is steady and enduring, and that Hong Kong enjoys long term prosperity and stability. The legitimate rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents can also be better exercised in a safe environment.

We reiterate that Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China, that Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs that brook no interference by foreign forces. We urge relevant sides to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs by using Hong Kong related issues.

Thank you, Madam President.

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