China must re-examine the new security law in Hong Kong that threatens freedoms in this semi-autonomous territory, 27 countries asked the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in a statement.
“We urge the governments of China and Hong Kong to re-examine the introduction of this legislation,” declared these states, which include the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.
The legislation now enacted by Beijing makes it possible to punish separatist, “terrorist” activities, subversion or even foreign interference in Hong Kong, the scene of violent pro-democracy protests in 2019 and 2020.
The crimes against national security are subject to life imprisonment in Hong Kong, (special administrative region of China since 1997) where the Chinese justice will now be competent for the “most serious” violations, following the new law adopted in the capital Chinese.
The opposition in Hong Kong fears that this legislation – which also provides for the creation by Beijing of an agency for national security – will imply an unprecedented setback in freedoms after the United Kingdom transferred this former colony to China in 1997, guaranteeing occasion a statute of judicial and legislative autonomy for 50 years.