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World China plans national security laws for Hong Kong

00:09  23 may  2020
00:09  23 may  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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China plans to push through sweeping national security laws for Hong Kong at its annual meeting of parliament, in a move that critics say will effectively end the territory’s autonomy. Beijing has been making it clear it wants new security legislation passed since huge pro-democracy protests last year

China Moves to Impose New Hong Kong Security Law , Increasing Party’s Sway. Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the National People’s Congress, said at a news briefing on Thursday that delegates would review a plan to set up a legal framework and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding

Despite the corona virus, protesters in Hong Kong are again protesting against Beijing's influence. China is now planning laws that could increase the power of the central government, according to a media report.

  China plant nationale Sicherheitsgesetze für Hongkong © Liau Chung-Ren / ZUMA Wire / DPA

In response to the often violent pro-democratic protests of the past year, China plans to introduce national security legislation for Hong Kong . This is reported by the "South China Morning Post".

The planned laws are intended to ban foreign interference and terrorism, as well as all seditious activities up to and including secession, which are aimed at overthrowing the central government, the paper reports, citing unnamed sources. China's project also aims to prevent any outside interference in the former British colony.

Pompeo criticizes China's Hong Kong plans as arbitrary and catastrophic

 Pompeo criticizes China's Hong Kong plans as arbitrary and catastrophic © Reuters / POOL New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the State Department in Washington (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sharply criticized China's plans for a so-called security law for Hong Kong. He condemned Friday's move as one-sided and arbitrary. At the same time, he signaled that the US could cancel its special economic treatment in Hong Kong if the People's Republic implemented its plans.

China will propose a national security law for Hong Kong in response to last year's sometimes violent pro-democracy protests that plunged the The plan has triggered international concern, with Hong Kong supposed to enjoy rights and freedoms under the 'one country, two systems' framework

China is proposing to introduce a new security law in Hong Kong that could ban sedition A spokesman for the NPC said on Thursday that China was planning to improve on the "one country Safeguarding national security serves the fundamental interest of all Chinese , our Hong Kong

The project could turn Hong Kong into a turning point and possibly revise its special status in Washington. Another unrest is conceivable, like last year when

million people in Hong Kong demonstrated against the growing influence of the government in Beijing . The paper went on to say that the unrest had plunged the city into the deepest turmoil since its return to Chinese rule in 1997. Always new protests in Hong Kong

Meanwhile,

new protests are coming up, against which the police are taking action . They are targeting the Hong Kong government, which is not freely elected, with the demand for free elections, an independent investigation into police brutality in past protests . They also demand impunity for more than 7,000 detainees.

Protests against planned security law in Hong Kong

 Protests against planned security law in Hong Kong © ISAAC LAWRENCE Hundreds of people took to the streets in Hong Kong to protest the Chinese government on Sunday. The demonstrations are against Beijing's plans for a new security law for the Special Administrative Zone. Hundreds of people took to the streets in Hong Kong to protest the Chinese government on Sunday. In the Causeway Bay shopping district, demonstrators shouted pro-democratic slogans, journalists from the AFP news agency observed.

HONG KONG — The last time they faced a proposal that would have curbed their autonomy from mainland China , Hong Kong residents flooded Chinese officials said the country’s legislative body would impose national security laws on Hong Kong , a semi-independent territory, after nearly two

China is moving to pass a hugely controversial national security law for Hong Kong , criminalizing "treason, secession, sedition (and) subversion" against the central government, and enabling Chinese national security organs to operate in the city.

China could propose the proposed laws to the Chinese parliament, which is due to start its annual session on Friday. It had been postponed for months by the

corona virus . How a legal mechanism could help Beijing

A previous attempt by Hong Kong to introduce a national security law, known as Article 23, in 2003 was met with peaceful mass protests and shelved. Hong Kong is constitutionally obliged to enact Article 23 "alone", but similar laws can be included separately from Beijing in an annex to the Basic Law, the city's mini constitution. This legal mechanism can circumvent the city's legislature, as the laws promulgated by the Beijing-friendly government of Hong Kong could be enacted.

Pro-democratic demonstrators fought violently against national security legislation. They argue that it could undermine the city's freedoms and high level of autonomy, which has so far been guaranteed under the "one country, two systems" formula and would put Hong Kong back under Chinese rule. The demonstrators denounce what they believe is the gradual interference of the Chinese Communist Party leadership in Hong Kong. Beijing rejects these allegations.

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© Tyrone Siu, Reuters Pro-democracy demonstrators detained by the police in Hong Kong, May 27, 2020. The United States has demanded Wednesday the immediate holding of a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the security bill that Beijing wants to impose on Hong Kong. China, through its ambassador to the UN, rejected the request. The United States asked Wednesday May 27 for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on a controversial security law wanted by Beijing for Hong Kong .

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