China passes Hong Kong’s national security law: report

Beijing’s highest legislative body, the National People’s Congress (APN), passed the law unanimously on Tuesday morning local time, bypassing the Hong Kong legislature, through a rarely used constitutional gate, according to the Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK, citing unidentified sources.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua previously reported that the law would criminalize crimes such as secession, subversion against the Chinese central government, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

A draft of the law was not made public before its passage, meaning that most people in Hong Kong have not seen details of a law that will now govern their lives.

China is about to pass a controversial national security law in Hong Kong.  This is what you need to know

The approval of the law has not been officially confirmed and the details remain unclear. But RTHK reports that the maximum possible sentence for crimes under the law will be “much higher” than 10 years in prison.

Hong Kong Executive Director Carrie Lam declined to comment on the bill’s progress at her weekly press conference on Tuesday morning, saying it would be “inappropriate” to answer questions while the NPC meeting was still pending. is ongoing.

The legislation was widely criticized by opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong, human rights groups, and politicians around the world, with many saying the law will strengthen Beijing’s direct control over the semi-autonomous city. Many are concerned that the law could be used to attack political dissidents, a fear stemming from China’s judicial record.

The passage of the law comes a day before July 1, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer of British colonial rule to China in 1997. It has become an annual day of protests in the city, but for the first time since The police did not give the protesters permission to hold peaceful protests.

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