United Kingdom  

The New Hong Kong National Security Law, Explained

Video Credit: TomoNews US - Duration: 02:49s - Published
The New Hong Kong National Security Law, Explained

The New Hong Kong National Security Law, Explained

BEIJING — Chinese authorities on May 28 bypassed Hong Kong's legislature to approve a national security law that threatens the foundations of the city's freedoms and autonomy.

This new law, which will be implemented upon promulgation by Hong Kong's government, forbids acts of sedition, secession and subversion of China's central government.

This new Beijing-backed security plan raises concerns, particularly for pro-democracy activists, Chinese dissidents and journalists who could fall victim to greater extralegal persecution.

The new law could allow authorities to push back or silence pro-democracy lawmakers in the region.

In fact, Reuters reports that on May 28, two pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong were removed from the Legislative Council.

Their removal reportedly happened during a meeting where lawmakers were discussing the first amendment to the new law which would make it a criminal offense to insult the Chinese national anthem.

The announcement of this new law has alarmed Hong Kong's population and sparked a new wave of protests.

One of the most obvious concerns is the loss of the 'one country, two systems' status.

However, Chinese authorities deny this.

According to a report by state-run press agency Xinhuanet published on May 23, "The draft decision of the legislation states clearly that China will 'unswervingly, fully and faithfully' implement the principles of 'one country, two systems,' 'the people of Hong Kong governing Hong Kong' and a high degree of autonomy." The same article, which is written in a Q&A format, goes on to say that law-abiding Hong Kong residents should not fear this new law and that it targets solely "those who attempt to split the country, subvert state power, and organize and carry out terrorist activities, as well as foreign and external forces seeking to interfere in Hong Kong's affairs."

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

You Might Like

Related news from verified sources

Hong Kong says national security law will not hamper judicial independence

Hong Kong's government said on Friday that plans by Beijing to impose national security legislation...
Reuters - Published Also reported by •FT.comBBC News


China law requires Hong Kong to enact national security rules as soon as possible

China's proposed new legislation for Hong Kong requires the territory to quickly finish enacting...
Reuters - Published

China set to impose new Hong Kong security law, Trump warns of strong U.S. reaction

China is set to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong after last year's pro-democracy...
Reuters - Published


Tweets about this


Related videos from verified sources

China converts HK hotel into security office [Video]

China converts HK hotel into security office

China opened its new national security office in Hong Kong on Wednesday, turning a hotel near a city-center park that has been one of the most popular venues for pro-democracy protests into its new..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:02Published
Beijing security office opens in Hong Kong [Video]

Beijing security office opens in Hong Kong

Beijing's national security office was inaugurated in Hong Kong on Wednesday, just over a week after China's central government imposed a tough new law on the city.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:53Published
TikTok to Leave Hong Kong as China's Government Seeks to Collect User Data [Video]

TikTok to Leave Hong Kong as China's Government Seeks to Collect User Data

As China implements new security laws, TikTok will leave Hong Kong. The news comes as the platform is scrutinized for alleged transfer of user data to the Chinese government. Cheddar's Michelle..

Credit: Cheddar Inc.     Duration: 03:17Published