Bei­jing to set up se­cu­rity of­fice in HK un­der new law

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTWORLD -

BEI­JING: China on Saturday un­veiled de­tails of the con­tro­ver­sial new se­cu­rity law for Hong Kong amid in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism that it will cor­rode the wide-rang­ing free­doms en­joyed by res­i­dents of the global fi­nan­cial hub.

De­tails of the new law, as listed by news agency Xin­hua, in­cludes set­ting up of a se­cu­rity of­fice

in Hong Kong to han­dle crimes against na­tional se­cu­rity.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment must es­tab­lish new in­sti­tu­tions to pro­tect na­tional se­cu­rity and al­low main­land agen­cies to op­er­ate in the city “when needed”.

Hong Kong’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, cur­rently the em­bat­tled Car­rie Lam, will have the power to ap­point judges to hear cases re­lated to na­tional se­cu­rity.

Ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua, “For Hong Kong laws that are not in line with this (na­tional se­cu­rity) law, this law’s re­quire­ments will apply, and the right to in­ter­pret this law lies with the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee.”

Na­tional se­cu­rity ac­tiv­i­ties would pro­tect hu­man rights and free­dom of speech and assem­bly, it added, with­out pro­vid­ing de­tails.

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