China expands scope of Hong Kong security legislation: Reports

HONG KONG: Beijing has expanded the scope of draft national security legislation to include organisations as well as individuals, Hong Kong media …

China expands scope of Hong Kong security legislation: Reports

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HONG KONG: Beijing has expanded the scope draft national legislation include organisations well individuals, Hong Kong reported on Wednesday (May 27), a move that is to exacerbate concerns over freedoms the financial hub.

The news comes China last week national security laws Hong Kong that drew a swift rebuke from international rights groups Western governments, the United States branding it a “death knell” the city’s autonomy.

The law was being revised to cover just behaviour acts that endanger national security, but also activities, local broadcaster RTHK and the South China Morning Post reported.

“Chinese lawyers who have handled national security cases in the past say this change could bring not just individuals, but also organisations the scope of the law,” RTHK said.

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The security legislation could pave the way for Chinese security agencies to open up branches in Hong Kong. It targets secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference – terms that are increasingly used by authorities to describe last year’s protests.

The law has revived mass protests by demonstrators who say China aims to curb the freedoms enjoyed in Hong Kong, a global financial centre with broad autonomy.

Authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong insist there is no threat to the city’s freedoms. 

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