There is already a law punishable by 15 days in
police detention for anyone mocking the “March of the
An amendment to this law has been put to the standing
commitee suggesting a maximum sentence of three years
imprisonment for disrespecting the national
This comes after Hong Kong fans booed the Chinese
national anthem at a World Cup qualifier.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament is
considering tougher penalties for those who disrespect the
national anthem, including up to three years in jail, state news
agency Xinhua said on Tuesday.
In September, China pbaded a new law mandating up to 15 days in
police detention for those who mock the “March of the
Volunteers”, a law that also covers the Chinese territories of
Hong Kong and Macau.
Parliament is now looking at whether to amend the country’s
Criminal Law to include criminal penalties for disrespect of the
national anthem, Xinhua said.
A draft amendment has been submitted for deliberation at a
bi-monthly session of parliament’s standing committee, which
started Monday, it added.
“Violators in this regard may face punishments of up to three
years of imprisonment, according to the draft.”
It is not clear when the amendment could be pbaded.
The earlier national anthem law has fueled concern in Hong Kong,
whose residents have grown nervous over China’s perceived
encroachment of the city’s autonomy following such events as the
disappearance of booksellers who later emerged in mainland
In 2015, Hong Kong football fans booed the Chinese anthem during
a World Cup qualifier, prompting a fine for the territory’s
football badociation from world body FIFA.