China has imposed a sweeping security law on Hong Kong in the wake of mass pro-democracy protests, passing it on Tuesday behind closed doors.
The bill is designed to clamp down on terrorism and subversion, says Beijing, but critics say it will be used to repress free speech and protests.
The contents of the bill have not been made public, and Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam refused at a press conference Monday to comment on them.
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China has imposed a sweeping new Hong Kong security law in the wake of pro-democracy mass protests in the region — but exactly what the law says is still unknown even after it passed.
The contents of the bill have yet to be published, and have been instead disseminated to the public via media reports and press briefings.
The BBC early Wednesday morning confirmed that the controversial legislation had been approved by the Standing Committee of the People’s National Congress, the Chinese government’s main legislative body.
The Congress largely rubber-stamps decisions made by the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party.
Authorities in Beijing said they will only make public the full text after it is passed, the South China Morning Post reported earlier in June. The officials did not say how long the gap would be between passage and publication.
Carrie Lam getting asked over and over about the national security law, her role in it, why HK people have no details about the most consequential decision here since the 1997 handover. Her response: “no comment” https://t.co/SEWplwhBFX
— Shibani Mahtani (@ShibaniMahtani) June 30, 2020
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, earlier told reporters that she was unable to disclose the content of the bill because it was still being deliberated by lawmakers in Beijing.
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