The Chinese government has implemented Hong Kong’s controversial security law. Report local media based on sources that the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress unanimously adopted the law, which Beijing believes is to guarantee “national security”.
The security law must put an end to the prolonged unrest in Hong Kong. Since March last year, there has been a massive demonstration in the city against China’s growing influence. The new law will ban the search for secession, foreign interference and activities that compromise the state in Hong Kong.
It will be possible to hand over people who have been arrested in the city to the Chinese legal system. It is not yet clear how far this will go. There are fears that life sentences could be imposed.
It also allows China to formally establish an office in Hong Kong for national security services for the first time.
The security law is due to come into effect tomorrow, July 1, the day Hong Kong was transferred to China by the British 23 years ago.