News By/Courtesy: Amaruvi Vijay Sudharshan | 30 Jun 2020 9:35am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This law is said to criminalise any act of terrorism, subversion or any sort of collusion with foreign forces
  • The British handed over Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997 but with certain guaranteed freedoms
  • China’s top lawmaking body, the National Standing Committee has approved the law, reports said.

A very controversial security bill has been passed by Beijing, giving it a wide array of powers to control Hong Kong. This law is said to criminalize any act of terrorism, subversion, or any sort of collusion with foreign forces. Indirectly, this law is purported to crush Hong Kong’s autonomy and is a step further in integrating Hong Kong into China.

It has been said by the critics that this law poses an even greater threat to Hong Kong’s identity. It destroys Hong Kong’s judicial independence which is not available in mainland China.

The British handed over Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997 but with certain guaranteed freedoms. This particular bill has brought international condemnation and criticism for China. One of the leaders of pro-democracy protests Joshua Wong said that would quit the pro-democracy group Demosisto which he headed till now.

Though officially not confirmed whether the bill has been passed or not, certain details have emerged.

“It is to warn people: Do not cross those red lines, you cannot ask for Hong Kong independence and we do not tolerate terrorist acts like what happened last year during the social unrest,” Bernard Chan, a convener of Hong Kong’s advisory Executive Council, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday.

China’s top lawmaking body, the National Standing Committee has approved the law, reports said. The 162 members of NPC’s Standing Committee have backed the legislation which is expected to be enforced on July 1. 

The European Parliament this month voted for the European Union to take China to the International Court of Justice if the security bill is passed in Hing Kong. ICJ is the highest court in the world in which countries can sue each other. 

The United States Senate passed legislation last week which would impose sanctions for the people and the companies which help China in annexing Hong Kong. However, China has hit back saying that it is an internal issue and urged the United States to not interfere. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in Congress in late May that the city is no longer independent from China. The South China Morning Post has also reported that the Hong Kong delegates to PRC’s advisory body have been asked to attend a meeting at 3 p.m on Tuesday.

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 30 Jun 2020 17:09pm IST


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