Hong Kong, July 24 (ANI). The Chinese-imposed National Security Law in Hong Kong has led to the detention of former opposition politicians and senior journalists and restricted the freedom of many others.
China imposed a national security law on Hong Kong on June 30, 2020, and dozens of former opposition politicians and senior journalists have been arrested under the law.
Writing in Asia Nikkei, Patrick Poon said that the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities did not limit the scope of the new law, which allowed restrictions on people’s freedoms.
People used to be able to talk about human rights in China and Hong Kong in public and in private. It was common to have such conversations in universities.
However, now people hesitate and self-censor before organizing such activities because of the national security law, Poon wrote.
Earlier, police officers would discuss the protest routes with the organizers and rallies would be held without police permission as they had been issued no-objection letters when they were informed of the plans.
The situation has changed dramatically. People will now be questioned by police and warned they will be charged with unlawful assembly if they do not disperse from protest sites such as Victoria Park.
However, people accused of non-violent crimes are now held in pretrial detention for years. The court imposed restrictions on the disclosure of details of the bail application.
Meanwhile, in the pro-Beijing camp, several people and expatriate businessmen claim that their lives have remained the same despite the implementation of the National Security Law.
On 1 July 1997, Hong Kong was handed over to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from the United Kingdom under the terms of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. The joint declaration provides for fundamental rights, a high degree of autonomy and “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong.
“25 years later, Hong Kong is no longer the city we once knew,” said the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance of China (IPAC). The Dakonian National Security Law, implemented on June 30, 2020, has been used to punish dissent, restrict protests and free speech, and reduce the city’s autonomy.
Since the law’s adoption, there have been at least 183 arrests and 113 indictments, forcing more than 50 civil society organizations to disband and many media outlets to cease operations. (ANI)
China is violating people’s freedom in Hong Kong by using the National Security Law
SourceChina is violating people’s freedom in Hong Kong by using the National Security Law