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China reportedly passes nationwide safety legislation for Hong Kong

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China reportedly passes national security law for Hong Kong

Hong Kong Police Guard of Honour raises a Chinese language nationwide flag and a Hong Kong flag throughout a flag elevating ceremony on the Golden Bauhinia Sq. on June 15, 2020 in Hong Kong, China.

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The highest decision-making physique in China’s parliament has reportedly handed the contentious nationwide safety legislation for Hong Kong, in line with native media.

Reuters cited Cable TV in Hong Kong as reporting that the legislation was handed unanimously by the Standing Committee of China’s Nationwide Individuals’s Congress on Tuesday.

Beijing says the legislation is geared toward prohibiting secession, subversion of state energy, terrorism actions and international interference. The legislation was proposed throughout China’s annual parliamentary assembly in late Might and reignited protests in Hong Kong over fears that freedoms within the metropolis could be eroded.

It comes forward of the anniversary of Hong Kong’s 1997 handover from the U.Okay. to mainland China on July 1.

Hong Kong is a former British colony ruled below the “one nation, two techniques” framework and has extra autonomy than different Chinese language cities, together with restricted election rights and a largely separate authorized and financial system. The particular administrative area was handed again to China in 1997.

Forward of the passage of that legislation, Eurasia Group mentioned that passing the legislation earlier than the anniversary of the handover could possibly be a sign that Beijing needs to “clamp down on protests far forward” of Hong Kong’s legislative council elections in September.

Controversy over the legislation

Few particulars in regards to the invoice are identified, however many had been involved about Beijing encroaching on Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms, partially as a result of the transfer would bypass the town’s personal lawmakers. Hong Kong was promised a excessive stage of autonomy for 50 years after the handover.

It is usually seen as a means for China to realize extra management after Hong Kong noticed extended — and typically violent —protests over a now-withdrawn extradition invoice.

In the meantime, companies see the necessity for a safety legislation, however wish to know what it entails and the way it will likely be carried out, David Dodwell, govt director of the Hong Kong-APEC Commerce Coverage Group, instructed AnotherBillionaire Information in early June.

Reuters reported {that a} nationwide safety workplace could be arrange in Hong Kong to gather intelligence and deal with associated crimes, and that the town’s chief, Carrie Lam, could be allowed to nominate particular judges to listen to nationwide safety circumstances. 

Lam mentioned she wouldn’t achieve this, however would choose a panel of judges that the judiciary can select from, in line with Reuters. 

She has additionally mentioned the brand new legislation wouldn’t infringe on Hong Kong’s lifestyle, however would goal a “small minority of unlawful and prison acts.”

— AnotherBillionaire Information’s Huileng Tan, Yen Nee Lee, Tucker Higgins contributed to this report.