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The West’s hypocrisy over human rights

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Hong Kong’s human rights situation is neither better nor worse than most Western democracies. We are no less free today than we were before 1997.

We may be better off in some respects, worse off in others. For example, when it comes to police brutality, and prison corruption and violence, our law enforcement agencies are far more civilised than many of their Western counterparts. That’s why the latest denunciation of Hong Kong’s human rights record by an alliance of 45 local NGOs at a United Nations committee is a complete charade, as are those made by Britain, France, Canada, Australia and the United States.

We do have serious problems with social privation and extreme inequality. These are things we need to improve. But they are hardly unique to us. Nor will external interference help,........

© South China Morning Post