Security chief says no plans to opt out of torture convention

Local | 27 Jan 2016 1:56 pm

The Secretary for Security, Lai Tung-kwok, says there are no plans for Hong Kong to withdraw from the UN's Convention Against Torture – seemingly contradicting an earlier statement from the chief executive, who said the city may do so if needed.

Responding to a question in Legco, Lai said there were some 11,000 torture claimants in the city and their prolonged stay has led to concerns about social and public order issues.

He said the government would look at ways to speed up claims.

Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho welcomed Lai's response and said the government should try and fix flaws in the system instead of threatening to abandon the UN pact altogether.—RTHK

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