Article 23 of the Basic Law stipulates that the Hong Kong government shall enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the central government. Its legislation failed in 2003 following mass protests. The government has always had enough votes to pass the law, but it has never been raised since the 2003 debacle. Pro-democracy advocates fear it could have a negative effect on civil liberties.

LATEST NEWS & VIEWS

Joint letter from Canadian organisations condemning the national security law

Hong Kong Canadian organizations across Canada condemn the Chinese Communist Party’s unilateral imposition of a repressive national security law on Hong Kong. It would criminalize any act considered by the Chinese Communist Party to be secession, subversion, terrorism, or foreign interference. It will permit Beijing to establish its own security forces in Hong Kong to […]

Letter to Hong Kong from Carrie Lam

Fellow Citizens, Hong Kong, the home we all treasure, is defined by the “Lion Rock spirit” by which we join hands to pursue our dreams while putting aside our differences. Since our return to the Motherland, Hong Kong has been a Special Administrative Region directly under the Central People’s Government, enjoying a high degree of […]

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

Why is the UK so silent as Beijing trashes the Hong Kong Handover agreement?

By Micah Mudlaff On the day of Hong Kong’s infamous Handover, it was unlikely anyone thought the future obstacle to CCP domination over Hong Kong would be businessman Donald Trump. Yet, in 2020, the now-President of the United States and his administration appear to be leading the international opposition to Beijing’s ever-growing intrusions into the […]

FEATURES

Exclusive: Pro-Beijing lawmaker Regina Ip on Hong Kong’s extradition row and history repeating itself

Regina Ip is no stranger to political storms. The Executive Council member endured a widespread backlash over an effort to implement national security legislation in 2003, a saga that led to her resignation as security chief. It is no surprise then that the outspoken pro-Beijing lawmaker has found herself a prominent voice in the latest debate […]

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