The Hong Kong government will present a law that will include new offenses against “national security”, the chief executive announced Wednesday during the first session of the Hong Kong Legislative Council reserved for “patriots”.
Carrie Lam has indicated that her government intends to pass,, a local law including some 40 other national security offenses.
The head of the executive did not specify these new offenses but indicated that they will be in conformity with article 23 of the “Basic Law”, mini-Constitution of the theoretically semi-autonomous city. This article 23 deals with “betrayal, secession, sedition (and) subversion”. It also aims to prohibit foreign political organizations from carrying out political activities in Hong Kong and local political organizations from maintaining links with foreign political bodies.
Hong Kong’s legal landscape reshaped by law
The drastic National Security Law was imposed in June 2020 by Beijing on Hong Kong in response to massive and often violent pro-democracy protests.
Written in a very vague manner, it makes it illegal to express almost any form of dissent and has reshaped the legal landscape of a land once considered a bastion of freedoms.