- Several countries, including the US and the UK, have proposed measures to protect Hong Kong residents fleeing potential political persecution from China’s new national-security law.
- China passed the new legislation this week, which criminalizes what it deems secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with a foreign country.
- Hong Kong police have already arrested at least ten people suspected of violating the law.
- Activists have called the enaction of the law the “end of Hong Kong that the world knew before” and “the greatest threat to human rights in the city’s recent history.”
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Several countries around the world, including the US and UK, have proposed measures to protect Hong Kongers from the harsh new national-security law that criminalizes dissent against the Chinese Communist Party.
China this week unilaterally passed a new national security law for Hong Kong, a move that experts say further erodes the city’s waning freedoms.
The Hong Kong government formally adopted the law at 11 p.m. Tuesday, and the full text of the bill was not made public until after it had already passed. Those charged with the most severe offenses — like undermining the Chinese government — face a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The new law has already been used to arrest at least ten pro-democracy protesters who gathered on July 1, the anniversary of the British handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.
Here are all the countries who have proposed measures or are considering them.