Safety act: the law society of Hong Kong “deeply concerned”

Loi sur la sécurité: le barreau de Hong Kong «profondément préoccupé»

The law society of Hong Kong said he is “deeply concerned” by the security law imposed by Beijing, warning that its formulation is very vague undermined the independence of the judiciary in the former british colony.

“The law society of Hong Kong is deeply concerned by the content of the LSN (national security Act) and how it has been implemented,” says the organization in a statement released Wednesday evening.

Beijing has promulgated on Tuesday evening, a text which is very controversial as its detractors present as the last nail on the coffin of the semi-autonomous hong kong.

Hong Kong enjoys on the paper since its handover in 1997 by London liberties that are unknown in the rest of China, such as an independent judiciary and freedom of the press and of opinion.

This law against secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with outside forces, seen as a response to demonstrations of 2019 against the influence of Beijing, was adopted less than six weeks after its announcement.

Kept secret until the end, its content was not known Tuesday evening. And for many lawyers, the law is more draconian than expected, and not only for the inhabitants of the city.

Less than 24 hours after the entry into force of the text, the police in hong kong was conducted Wednesday, the first arrests under this legislation, which makes the chinese authorities competent for certain crimes.

Among the 370 people arrested on Wednesday, ten were for alleged violation of the law on national security, while thousands of hong Kong people gathered to mark the 23rd anniversary of the handover of the former british colony to China.

This gathering had been banned a few days ago by the authorities, for the first time in 17 years.

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