China’s parliament adopts plan to impose security law on Hong Kong

Marco Green
May 29, 2020

China's parliament has approved a new security law for Hong Kong which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority in the territory.

He said: "In my judgement I hope that the British Government - Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab - press for the outrageous assault on Hong Kong's freedom and breach of Chinese obligations are put on the agenda when the G7 meets in June".

China's decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its global obligations under the principles of the legally-binding, UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration.

With Hong Kong's return to China, the UK's rights and obligations stipulated in the Sino-British Joint Declaration were all completed, and the United Kingdom side has no legal basis or right to invoke the Joint Declaration to make comments on Hong Kong affairs, Liu said. It is due to be enacted before September.

"Similar laws have been applied on the mainland for some time and they have laid steadfast foundations for repression, political silence and far-reaching fear". In the meantime we urge China to step back from the brink and live up to its responsibilities as a leading member of the worldwide community.

It described U.S. criticism of the new draft law as "utterly imperious, unreasonable and shameless".

Critics fear it could lead to Hong Kongers being prosecuted - even retroactively - for criticising their or the mainland's leadership, joining protests or exercising their current rights under local laws.

What is happening in Hong Kong?

Hundreds of people were arrested in protests over that and the security law.

Security remained high on Thursday, as a tense debate in the Legislative Council continued.

The speaker deemed the package to be an "unknown risky object", and called police and fire crews.

They are supposed to protect certain freedoms for Hong Kong: freedom of assembly and speech, an independent judiciary and some democratic rights - freedoms that no other part of mainland China has.

That means China could potentially have its own law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong, alongside the city's own.

Then, last year, protests over an extradition law turned violent and evolved into a broader anti-China and pro-democracy movement.

Dozens of protesters gathered in a shopping mall to chant slogans but there was no repeat of disturbances the previous day when police made 360 arrests as thousands took to the streets in anger over the anthem bill and national security legislation proposed by China.

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