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  • Updated: October 25, 2023

Hong Kong's New National Security Law To Be Introduced In 2024

Hong Kong's New National Security Law To Be Introduced In 20

Hong Kong's Chief Executive, John Lee

Hong Kong's Chief Executive, John Lee, has announced plans to introduce a new national security law for the Chinese territory in 2024.

This decision comes four years after Beijing imposed a controversial national security law, which critics argue has severely impacted the region's freedoms and political landscape.

In 2020, Beijing implemented a broad national security law for Hong Kong. This legislation was introduced in response to widespread protests that began with opposition to an extradition bill but evolved into demands for greater democracy and political freedom.

The law bypassed Hong Kong's local legislature and criminalized acts such as secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces, carrying severe penalties, including life imprisonment.

During his second annual policy speech, Chief Executive John Lee expressed concerns about external attempts to undermine Hong Kong.

While he didn't provide specific details, he emphasized the need to guard against provocations, misinformation, and what he referred to as "soft resistance" that could undermine the governance of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

“We must guard against those seeking to provoke conflict, misinform or spread rumours through different channels, and remain alert to acts of soft resistance in different forms that can undermine the governance of our country and the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region),” he said.

Lee confirmed that the government is actively working on new security legislation, which is expected to be completed by 2024, in line with the Basic Law's provisions.

Under the Basic Law, Hong Kong was originally mandated to create its own security law, known as Article 23, to combat various security-related crimes.

However, multiple administrations failed to enact this law, with the last attempt abandoned in 2003 due to significant public protests.

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