Security Law: Hong Kong Bar Association “Deeply Concerned”

(Hong Kong) The Hong Kong bar said it was “deeply concerned” about the security law imposed by Beijing, warning that its very vague wording undermined the independence of the judiciary in the former colony British.

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“The Hong Kong bar is deeply concerned about the content of the National Security Act (LSN) and how it has been implemented,” the organization said in a statement released on Wednesday evening.

Beijing promulgated on Tuesday evening a very controversial text that its detractors present as the last nail on the coffin of Hong Kong's semi-autonomy.

Hong Kong has enjoyed on paper since its handover in 1997 by London of freedoms unknown in the rest of China, such as independent justice and the freedom to the press and opinion.

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

Kept secret until the end, its contents were not known until Tuesday evening. And for many jurists, the law turns out to be more draconian than expected and not only for the inhabitants of the city.

The Hong Kong bar has published a five-page legal analysis pointing out ten or so problematic points in the security law.

He denounces in particular the secrecy maintained by China on the content of the text, while Hong Kong has a Parliament which has always openly debated the texts of law.

“In addition to the total absence of meaningful consultations, lawyers, judges, police and the people of Hong Kong have not had time to familiarize themselves with the content of the new law. , and in particular the serious crimes it creates, before its entry into force ”, we can read in this analysis.

Less than 24 hours after the entry into force of the text, the Hong Kong police made the first arrests on Wednesday under this text which makes Chinese justice competent for certain crimes.

Among the 370 people arrested on Wednesday, ten were arrested for alleged violations of the national security law, while thousands of Hong Kongers gathered on the occasion of 23 e anniversary of the handover.

This rally had been banned by the authorities for the first time in 17 years.