Hong Kong: No double standard in safeguarding national security

  • Hong Kong: No double standard in safeguarding national security

Hong Kong: No double standard in safeguarding national security

The draft bill on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security was submitted to the National People's Congress (NPC) which began its week-long session here. He visited Hong Kong past year amid its pro-democracy protest against the then-proposed extradition law, which would have allowed Hong Kong to detain and transfer people wanted in other countries, including China.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Martin Liao said that Hong Kong had "legal obligations" to introduce national security legislation and that, since 23 years had passed since the handover from Britain, now was a "proper time to deal with this".

At the same time, Surfshark reported a 700 percent surge in sales in Hong Kong.

The national security legislation neither hinders foreign investors from investing in Hong Kong, nor prevents local residents from enjoying the freedoms accorded to them by law, he said.

"As a party to the joint declaration, the United Kingdom is committed to upholding Hong Kong's autonomy and respecting the one country, two systems model", the U.K. statement continued, according to Reuters.

This was enshrined in the Basic Law, which runs out in 2047. However, double standard should not be tolerated in the matter of safeguarding national security.

The ministers said the joint declaration provides that rights and freedoms, including freedoms of the press and of people to assemble and associate, be ensured in Hong Kong law.

The move, one of the most controversial items on the agenda of the National People's Congress in years, drew strong rebukes from the USA government and rights groups. That law was replaced by the Counterespionage Law in 2014 with updated rules that more closely targeted foreign spies - as well as Chinese individuals and organizations who collaborate with them.

A number of pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong, including Democratic Party leader Wu Chi-wai, said the announcement was the death of "one country, two systems".

What's more, Professor Chan says the proposed law will contravene Article 23.

The trio suggested it could be a power grab. As it takes three readings to legislate, the earliest the national security legislation will take effect will be around November, according to mainland media.

The NPC decision also states that the law will allow the central government to set up "relevant" institutions to protect "national security" in Hong Kong.

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said in a statement that China's Communist Party has wrongly blamed external influences and Hong Kong independence "separatists" for the instability in the territory. As a result, Hong Kong, once the "safest city in Asia", found itself in serious social disagreement, with its economy, people's livelihood and investment environment taking a hard hit. "It (the Chinese government) can not be trusted". The proposed legislation already faces opposition from the pro-democracy movement. The national security legislation will put additional strain on the judiciary, which has increasingly had to rule on more politically motivated prosecutions.

As the law has not even been drafted yet, it is hard to be concrete, but essentially people in Hong Kong fear the loss of their civil liberties.

"Can businessmen tell Hong Kong people, why are there more United States companies, U.S. businessmen and USA investments in mainland China than Hong Kong?" he wrote in a Facebook post.

People are concerned this affect free speech their right to protest - which is now legal in Hong Kong.

Shi-Kupfer also said European Union statements on human rights in China tend not to be especially robust.