Safety Of United Nations And Associated Personnel Ordinance


Published: 2007-04-20

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Chapter: 590 SAFETY OF UNITED NATIONS AND ASSOCIATED
PERSONNEL ORDINANCE

Gazette Number Version Date


Long title L.N. 31 of 2007 20/04/2007


An Ordinance to implement Article 9 and paragraphs 1 and 2(a) of Article 10 of the Convention on the Safety of
United Nations and Associated Personnel; and to provide for incidental or related matters.


[20 April 2007] L.N. 31 of 2007


(Originally 2 of 2007)

Part: 1 PRELIMINARY L.N. 31 of 2007 20/04/2007




Section: 1 Short title 21/04/2007


(1) This Ordinance may be cited as the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel Ordinance.
(2) (Omitted as spent)


Section: 2 Interpretation L.N. 31 of 2007 20/04/2007


In this Ordinance—
“associated personnel” (有關人員) means—

(a) persons assigned by a government or an intergovernmental organization with the agreement of a
competent organ of the United Nations;

(b) persons engaged by the Secretary-General of the United Nations or by a specialized agency or by the
International Atomic Energy Agency; and

(c) persons deployed by a humanitarian non-governmental organization or agency under an agreement
with the Secretary- General of the United Nations or with a specialized agency or with the
International Atomic Energy Agency,

to carry out activities in support of the fulfilment of the mandate of a United Nations operation;
“Convention” (《公約》) means the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel done

at New York on 9 December 1994;
“relevant offence” (有關罪行) means—

(a) an offence mentioned in section 4(1)(a) or (b), against a member of the United Nations personnel or a
member of the associated personnel; or

(b) an offence mentioned in section 4(1)(c), against any premises or means of transportation ordinarily
used by a member of the United Nations personnel or a member of the associated personnel,

whether it is an offence by virtue of section 4(2) or not;
“specified person” (指明人士) means—

(a) a person who is—
(i) a Chinese national; and
(ii) a Hong Kong permanent resident; or

(b) a person who is—
(i) a stateless person; and
(ii) a Hong Kong permanent resident;

“United Nations operation” (聯合國行動) means an operation established by a competent organ of the United
Nations in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and conducted under the authority and control of
the United Nations—

(a) where the operation is for the purpose of maintaining or restoring international peace and security; or
(b) where the Security Council of the United Nations or the General Assembly of the United Nations has

declared, for the purposes of the Convention, that there exists an exceptional risk to the safety of the



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personnel participating in the operation,
but does not include any operation which is authorized by the Security Council of the United Nations as an

enforcement action under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, in which any of the personnel are
engaged as combatants against organized armed forces and to which the law of international armed conflict
applies;

“United Nations personnel” (聯合國人員) means—
(a) persons engaged or deployed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as members of the

military, police or civilian components of a United Nations operation; and
(b) other officials and experts on mission of the United Nations or its specialized agencies or the

International Atomic Energy Agency who are present in an official capacity in the area where a United
Nations operation is being conducted.


Part: 2 OFFENCES L.N. 31 of 2007 20/04/2007




Section: 3 Institution of proceedings L.N. 31 of 2007 20/04/2007


Proceedings for an offence which apart from this Part would not be an offence in Hong Kong shall only be
instituted by, or with the consent of, the Secretary for Justice.

Section: 4 Offences against United Nations personnel and associated

personnel
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(1) A specified person shall not, outside Hong Kong, do any act—
(a) to or in relation to a member of the United Nations personnel or a member of the associated personnel

which, if done in Hong Kong, would constitute the offence of murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, false
imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm or common assault;

(b) to or in relation to a member of the United Nations personnel or a member of the associated personnel
which, if done in Hong Kong, would constitute an offence under—
(i) section 53, 60 or 118 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200); or
(ii) section 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 or 42 of the Offences against the Person Ordinance (Cap

212); or
(c) to or in relation to any premises or means of transportation ordinarily used by a member of the United

Nations personnel or a member of the associated personnel which, if done in Hong Kong, would
constitute an offence under section 53 or 60 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200).

(2) A specified person who contravenes subsection (1) commits the offence that he would have committed had
the act been done in Hong Kong.

Section: 5 Threats L.N. 31 of 2007 20/04/2007


(1) A person shall not, in order to compel another person to do or refrain from doing any act, make to the other
person a threat that an act will be done which, if done, would constitute a relevant offence—

(a) with the intention that the other person will fear that the threat will be carried out; and
(b) knowing or having reason to believe—

(i) that, in relation to a threat that an act will be done to or in relation to any person (“relevant
person”), the relevant person is a member of the United Nations personnel or a member of the
associated personnel; or

(ii) that, in relation to a threat that an act will be done to or in relation to any premises or means of
transportation, the premises are or the means of transportation is ordinarily used by a member of
the United Nations personnel or a member of the associated personnel.

(2) A specified person shall not, outside Hong Kong, in order to compel another person to do or refrain from
doing any act, make to the other person a threat that an act will be done which, if done, would constitute a relevant
offence—



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(a) with the intention that the other person will fear that the threat will be carried out; and
(b) knowing or having reason to believe—

(i) that, in relation to a threat that an act will be done to or in relation to any person (“relevant
person”), the relevant person is a member of the United Nations personnel or a member of the
associated personnel; or

(ii) that, in relation to a threat that an act will be done to or in relation to any premises or means of
transportation, the premises are or the means of transportation is ordinarily used by a member of
the United Nations personnel or a member of the associated personnel.

(3) A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to
imprisonment for 10 years, but the term of imprisonment shall not exceed the maximum which may be imposed for
the relevant offence constituted by doing the act threatened to be done.

(4) A specified person who contravenes subsection (2) commits an offence and is liable on conviction on
indictment to imprisonment for 10 years, but the term of imprisonment shall not exceed the maximum which may be
imposed for the relevant offence constituted by doing the act threatened to be done.

Section: 6 Attempts, aiding, abetting, etc. L.N. 31 of 2007 20/04/2007


(1) If a specified person does any act, outside Hong Kong, which, if done in Hong Kong, would constitute an
attempt to commit a relevant offence under section 159G of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap 200), the act shall be deemed
to have been done in Hong Kong.

(2) A specified person who aids, abets, counsels or procures, outside Hong Kong—
(a) the commission by another person of a relevant offence; or
(b) an attempt by another person to commit a relevant offence,

shall be guilty of the like offence.

Section: 7 Knowledge of other persons being members of United

Nations personnel or members of associated personnel
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For the purposes of sections 4(1), 5(1) and (2) and 6(1) and (2), except as otherwise expressly provided by
section 5(1) and (2), it is immaterial whether a person knows that another person is a member of the United Nations
personnel or a member of the associated personnel.

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