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Canada Hong Kong: The security law used retroactively by the police

10:50  19 october  2021
10:50  19 october  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Hong-Kong-Security-law: Hong Kong: the security law used retroactively by the police

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Police by Greg Torode

Hong Kong (Reuters) - recent court decisions in Hong Kong give latitude to the authorities to use provisions of the National Security Act for facts prior to the The adoption of this one last year in order to carry out increased repression against the opposition, which worries activists and lawyers.

The police opened investigation for events prior to the vast law adopted in the summer of 2020 as a result of the anti-government demonstrations that shook a year earlier the former British colony, despite the promises of Beijing and the local executive on the non-retroactivity of the law.

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These recent surveys have disconsened pro-democracy activists across the Chinese Special Administrative Region, some of them fearing to be prosecuted for actions they thought of the lawful times.

"The past is the future," said Simon Young, teacher at Hong Kong University of Law. "We are starting to see an extension of the national security law and how it allows the authorities to look at old laws and events through a new lens".

Several groups, including Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) which was at the origin of vast protest protests in 2019, are investigated for events prior to the National Security Act, according to executive statements police and information from the Pro-Beijing press.

asked about press prefectors, Raymond Siu, according to which the CHRF was targeted by a survey for gatherings prior to the adoption of the National Security Act, a police spokesman said last month. Reuters that "the police will continue to investigate whether any organization or person has violated (...) the safety law and other Hong Kong laws".

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In the eyes of legal experts and lawyers, the situation highlights the true scope of the national security law - including how it gives the taste of the laws dating from the British colonial era affecting security national.

They are worried about seeing, in paragraphs of recent court decisions, what they consider as a free field given to the authorities to investigate the facts of the past.

A Hong Kong Court of Appeal has written in a last February judgment that the reference made in the National Security Act to "acts endangering national security" included infringements of previous laws.

In April, a district court also noted that the acts of sedition were considered by the National Security Act as a more dangerous crime than in the past, leaving the lifting of the six-month limitation period.

(Report Greg Torode, French Version Jean Terzian)

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