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Hong Kong security law

U.N. kicks off first Hong Kong rights review after security law

Financial hub has taken a sharp authoritarian turn since last evaluation

Beijing imposed a sweeping security bill on Hong Kong after the city was rocked by anti-government protests in 2019.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The United Nations on Thursday starts its first review of human rights in Hong Kong since Beijing imposed a sweeping security law that critics say has crushed civil liberties in the city.

The U.N.'s Human Rights Committee is tasked with evaluating how well the financial hub is following its commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). City officials are required to respond to questions from a panel of rights experts every four years as part of that obligation.

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