US News Amnesty International leaves Hong Kong because of the National Security Act

16:55  25 october  2021
16:55  25 october  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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A Mnesty International announced on Monday the closure of its offices in Hong Kong, believing "impossible" to work freely because of the law. Draconian on national security imposed last year by Beijing.

"This decision, taken the heavy heart, is due to the Hong Kong National Security Act, which makes it impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious retaliation. The Government ", explained in a statement the president of the NGO, Anjhula Mya Singh Bais.

The former British colony returned to the China in 1997 has long benefited from its legal system separate from the rest of the country and guaranteeing freedom of expression and meeting. As a result, many non-governmental and media organizations have chosen the city as a regional basis.

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"But the fact that local rights and trade union groups have been recently targeted is the signal of an intensification of the campaign led by the authorities to rid the city of any dissenting voices. It is more in More difficult for us to continue working in an environment as unstable, "added the President of Amnesty.

Amnesty International , presents for more than 40 years in Hong Kong, has two offices: its local and its regional headquarters for the Asia of the South East and the Pacific. The Local will close on October 31, and the Regional Office by the end of 2021.

adopted in June 2020, the National Security Act, which according to Beijing has enabled Hong Kong to regain stability after the demonstrations pro-democracy gigantic And often violent of 2019, radically transformed the political, cultural and legal landscape of the territory.

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The text punishes any act constituting "secession", "subversion", "collusion with foreign forces" or "terrorism". Written in a very fuzzy way, it makes it actually illegal the expression of almost any form of opposition. Some crimes against national security are liable to life prison.

"Repressive Environment"

"The repressive and perpetual environment Uncertainty created by the National Security Act makes it impossible to know which activities could lead to criminal penalties," lamented Amnesty International.

Last July, the first Hong Kong found pursuant to the new law, a 24-year-old server, was sentenced to nine years in prison for dark motorcycle on a police officer by brandishing a flag with a slogan considered subversive.

a second defendant, a 13-year-old meal delivery man, was convicted of "secession" for changing slogans such as "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our time", or "Hong Kong, Build your own country" .

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incarcerated since its arrest ten months ago, the young man, first person to be condemned for a non-violent offense against national security, will experience his sentence later. He incurs seven years in prison.

The trials under the National Security Act unfolds without a jury and before magistrates specifically selected by the Government, which constitutes a real break with the Hong Kong tradition inherited from the British system. Most of the charges are waiting for their trial in prison, freedom on bail are rarely granted them.

More than 70 people, including a large part of the most prominent pro-democracy activists, were charged, most for simply expressed political views. Many others have fled abroad.

Several dozens of Hong Kong associations and unions have also taught themselves in recent months of fear of being worried by the authorities. And the main daily democracy of the city, Apple Daily, closed in June after the incarceration of its leaders and the gel of its assets.

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