Hong Kong people may face life imprisonment for violating China's security law



Hong Kong residents may face prison life for violating the controversial new security law brought by the Chinese government.


Amid growing unrest in Hong Kong, the new law came into force on Tuesday. Critics have condemned the law, which hampers Hong Kong's freedom.

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, backed by the Chinese government, defended the law as a "gaping hole" in national security.

But details about the law were slow to emerge, and Ms. Lamm admitted that the draft was not read before making her comments.

This law applies to both permanent and temporary residents of Hong Kong. More information was revealed in Britain on Tuesday afternoon.

Activities under the Act:

At least three years in prison, and maximum life
It is against the law to hate China's central government and the Hong Kong regional government
Terrorists can be prosecuted for endangering public transport
China will set up its security office in Hong Kong outside local jurisdiction
China to handle "very serious" cases
Britain, the European Union and NATO have widely condemned the new security legislation, repealing all laws.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was concerned with the news of the law. When the UK handed over Hong Kong to China in 1997, he said, the British government was very careful to see whether the two countries' joint declaration was canceled.

The joint declaration ensures freedom of speech and assembly in Hong Kong. This is different from China, where nothing is allowed.

Secretary of State Dominic Rabb described the new law as "deeply disturbing".

He said: "Despite the international community's insistence, Beijing has chosen not to back down on the implementation of the law. China has neglected its international obligations with respect to Hong Kong. This is a serious step."

Lord Patton, the last British governor of Hong Kong, said: "This decision to act harshly on Hong Kong's elected legislature marks the end of 'one country, two systems'. This is part of a Sino-British joint statement." One major violation is that of a treaty with the United Nations - and Hong Kong's mini-constitution, fundamental law.

"This will end the rule of city law, which will create a major confrontation between Chinese law and Hong Kong's common law system, allowing the city to function as one of Asia's most important financial centers. Does. "

The European Union has also attacked security law, calling it "malicious" by the president of the council.

Charles Mitchell said: "We conclude the decision ... this law will have a detrimental effect on Hong Kong's low level of autonomy and independence of the judiciary and the rule of law."

Meanwhile, in the US, Donald Trump has previously stated that he will continue to do business with Hong Kong on a priority basis. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the US will stop military exports to Hong Kong.

Nato also criticized the move. Body Secretary-General, Jane Stoltenberg, told a virtual forum: "Democracy, liberty, and rule of law - it is clear that China does not share our values."

He said: "We see this in Hong Kong, where the new security law undermines its autonomy."

Pro-Hong Kong pro-democracy groups are already being abolished for fear of the new law.

Joshua Rosenzweig, head of the Amnesty International China team, accused China of "aiming to rule Hong Kong through fear beyond this stage".

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