5 December 1997

Martin Lee meets top US Rights Official

Democracy, civil liberties and the rule of law were discussed at a breakfast meeting today between Democratic Party Chairman Martin Lee and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights John Shattuck, the most senior US official to visit Hong Kong since the handover.

Mr. Lee termed his fifth meeting in recent years with Mr. Shattuck as friendly and useful, commenting: "Clearly, Mr. Shattuck is informed and concerned about the situation in Hong Kong. I explained that the May 1998 electoral laws are neither fair nor democratic and that we in Hong Kong have particular concern about the future of civil liberties and the rule of law."

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