Hong Kong young people who spoke at a UN meeting on Wednesday expressed firm confidence in the city’s future under the “one country, two systems” principle, and refuted unfounded overseas accusations about the National Security Law for Hong Kong.

Delivering a speech at the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Lam Ho-yi, director of the Youth Committee of the Belt and Road General Chamber of Commerce, said economic activities have remained active after the promulgation of the National Security Law, and this fully reflects Hong Kong’s maintaining a strong development and prospect.

She also said the law has given investors at home and abroad more confidence in investing in Hong Kong, From the promulgation of the National Security Law on June 30, 2020, through May 2022, IPO funds raised in Hong Kong exceeded HK$650 billion ($82.8 billion), and the number of regional headquarters and offices of foreign-funded enterprises in Hong Kong last year hit a new high of 9,000, she said.

Lam said that as a young person who studied in the United States, she chose to return to Hong Kong to live and develop a career, as she has strong confidence in the city’s future prospects under the “one country, two systems” principle.

Lam said she believes the implementation of the National Security Law together with the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong” to uphold the principle of “one country, two systems” will be reassuring for Hong Kong, which will increase young people’s upward mobility and give them greater room for development.

At the same meeting, Youth Vision HK Chairman Kazaf Tam Chun-kwok said that the protection of individual rights in Hong Kong has been better since the enactment of the National Security Law for Hong Kong and the improvement of the city’s electoral system.

Tam said that as a member of the young people’s community in Hong Kong, he has witnessed an unprecedented unity of Hong Kong society and people’s determination to pursue a better life.

On behalf of Hong Kong young people, he also declared his commitment to upholding the “one country, two systems” principle and safeguarding national security, so as to ensure lasting prosperity and stability in Hong Kong.