As the CoronaHoax Fear reaches a possible ‘Second Wave’ Hong Kong is ignored as the Powers that be the C.C.P. moves to crush all opposition through a controversial new law to control dissent amongst the citizens of the one country two systems rule – Hong Kong. The parallels to the rise of Nazi-Germany are astouding – Mick Raven
China has released details of its controversial new law for Hong Kong, which includes setting up a new national security bureau to target certain political crimes.
- Activists believe the law will end the promised political freedoms enshrined in the “one country, two systems” deal
- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will have the power to appoint judges to hear cases related to national security
- No details of penalties for specific crimes were released
Directed by Beijing and led by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, the legislation will target secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces.
Such categories have been used to jail political activists on the mainland.
In a major move, Beijing revealed some specific cases would not be tried under Hong Kong’s separate legal system, but under mainland laws.
Activists believe the law will end the promised political freedoms enshrined in the “one country, two systems” deal.
Ms Lam will have the power to appoint judges to hear cases related to national security.
Currently, senior judges allocate judicial rosters up through Hong Kong’s independent judicial system.
“From these initial details, this new law presents unprecedented legal questions that we will have to confront in coming years,” said Simon Young, a barrister and professor at the University of Hong Kong’s law school.
Mr Young said he was troubled by the apparent “broad supremacy” of the new law over current and future Hong Kong laws.
Officials in Beijing and Hong Kong have sought to reassure investors the law will not erode the city’s autonomy, insisting it will target only a minority of “troublemakers” who pose a threat to national security.
It is unclear when the law will be enacted but political analysts expect it to take effect ahead of September 6 legislative council elections in Hong Kong.
However China’s top political body will hold a three-day session at the end of this month, raising the possibility the national security law will be enacted then.
The official Xinhua News Agency said the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, which typically met every two months, would meet from June 28 to 30 in Beijing.
The brief report did not specifically mention the Hong Kong security law, however the timing of the session is unusual, coming just one week after a three-day meeting that ended this weekend.
Under the new law, no institutions, organisations and individuals in Hong Kong should engage in activity endangering national security, Xinhua said in a separate report.
The laws sparked months of riots in Hong Kong.(Reuters: Kim Kyung-Hoon)
This is widely expected to raise concerns for some religious, human rights and foreign-backed groups that have long been based in Hong Kong but are not welcome on the Chinese mainland.
Also, under the laws, any Hong Kong residents running for election or working for the Government will have to swear allegiance to the city and its mini-constitution, the Basic Law.
No details of penalties for specific crimes were released, however.
Group of Seven leading economies, which include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, called on China to reconsider its plans, issuing a joint statement voicing “grave concern” over the legislation it said would breach Beijing’s international commitments as well as the territory’s constitution.
China has repeatedly told foreign governments not to interfere in its internal affairs.
Britain has said it will offer passports and a path to citizenship to as many as 3 million Hong Kong residents.
China’s move to impose the law directly on Hong Kong, bypassing the city’s legislature, comes after a year of sometimes-violent anti-government and anti-Beijing protests.
An extradition bill which would send criminal suspects to mainland China was scrapped after public outcry.(AP: Kim Cheung)
The protests were initially spurred by opposition to proposed legislation that could have seen criminal suspects sent to the mainland for trials in China’s highly opaque legal system, along with possible torture and abuse. The extradition bill was eventually scrapped.
Earlier this month, Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill making it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem after pro-democracy lawmakers boycotted the vote out of protest.