Hong Kong Will No Longer Be Free: China Rubber-Stamp Legislature Approves “Security Bill”

What did everyone think would happen when China took over? What always happens when the communists take over.

I am sure the media will censor and scrub Bill Clinton’s advocacy for this and all the money China gave him.

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China’s Rubber-Stamp Legislature Approves Security Bill as Hong Kong Worries for Ominous Future

By Frank Fang, EPOCH TIMES, May 28, 2020:

China’s rubber-stamp legislature, the National People Congress (NPC), has passed a draft resolution on a so-called “national security” law for Hong Kong, amid international criticism about how the Communist Party’s proposal would destroy the former British colony’s autonomy and its people’s

The draft resolution was approved with a vote of 2,878 in favor, one against, and 6 abstentions. The approval now paves the way for NPC’s standing committee to draft details of the legislation before it is added to Annex III of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

By adding it to Annex III, Hong Kong’s legislature will not have a chance to scrutinize the legislation. Instead, Hong Kong’s chief executive can issue a legal notice in the Government Gazette, paving the way for the law to be applied verbatim.

The law would ban acts and activities in connection to secession, subversion, and terrorism, as well as activities related to foreign interference. Moreover, Beijing’s security agencies would be allowed to set up operations in Hong Kong.

About an hour and a half after the vote, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp held a press conference expressing worries about the city’s future.

“The beginning of a sad and traumatizing era for Hong Kong. They [Beijing] effectively take away our soul. Our soul being the values that we treasure all these years, rule of law, human rights, they are taking away,” said lawmaker Claudia Mo during the press conference.

Mo added: “From now on, Hong Kong is nothing but just another mainland Chinese city.”

Another lawmaker Dennis Kwok said: “Make no mistake about it. This is the end of one country, two systems. The end of Hong Kong as we know it.” He was referring to the framework by which Beijing promised to rule Hong Kong upon its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.

Kwok added: “The air has gone out of Hong Kong today and it is suffocating. And I ask all of you to pay attention to what’s happening in Hong Kong.”

Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), a pro-democracy group that has organized several mass rallies last year, wrote on its Facebook page that “the era of One Country, One System has arrived.”

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issued a statement welcoming passage of the law, and said her government “will fully co-operate” with the NPC standing committee to “complete the relevant work on legislation as soon as possible.”

Lam added that her government will also push for Article 23 “as soon as possible,” an anti-subversion bill that was first proposed in 2003, but quickly scrapped that year due to mass protests amid concerns that it could threaten Hongkongers’ civil liberties.

In response to the NPC vote, British NGO Hong Kong Watch tweeted: “This is a flagrant violation of the handover treaty. Britain must take action now, and provide a lifeline for the Hong Kongers who will need it.”

On May 27, several international organizations voiced opposition to the national security law, including the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), a global trade union organization based in Brussels; New York City Bar Association; and Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC), the international human rights arm of the Bar of England and Wales.

NYC Bar said it urges “authorities both in Hong Kong and Beijing to honor their obligations under international and domestic law and renew their commitments to the rule of law and human rights under their pledge to maintain ‘One Country, Two Systems.’”

On May 26, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), a Geneva-based human rights NGO, also issued a statement voicing grave concern about the Chinese law, calling for it to be withdrawn.

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