China Passes Controversial Security Law for Hong Kong

The controversial bill officially bans “separatism” and “riot” in a special administrative region of China. Details of the legislation will be developed by the Standing Committee of the All-China Assembly of People’s Representatives.

The All-China People’s Congress (NPC) supported the controversial bill on the security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. Delegates in Beijing on Thursday, May 28, approved a plan to pass a new law, according to which “separatism” and “riot” are officially prohibited in Hong Kong. Before this document takes effect, the NPC Standing Committee will have to develop its details in June.

These plans of the PRC have already provoked mass protests in Hong Kong and criticism on the world stage. Critics say Hong Kong’s new security law will drastically limit civil rights in this special administrative region of China. Upon the return to Hong Kong of China, the former British colony, in 1997, Hong Kong was guaranteed for a period of 50 years basic rights such as freedom of speech and assembly.

Controversial Legislation

The Hong Kong Security Bill is based on Section 23 of the Hong Kong Basic Law, according to which this special administrative region of the PRC is committed to enacting laws prohibiting “subversive activities” against the government in Beijing. Such legislation has not been adopted in Hong Kong. An attempt to get him through the Hong Kong parliament in 2003 was frustrated after about one million people took to the streets in protest.

Now Beijing intends to introduce this legislation into force bypassing the Hong Kong parliament. The Chinese authorities react in this way to mass pro-democratic demonstrations in Hong Kong that have not stopped for many months.