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1 year of HK's national security law : What the rule of law world is saying

Updated: Jul 4, 2021

One year ago today at 11pm on 30 June 2020 the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 'National Peoples Congress Special Committee' (NPCSC) enacted Hong Kong's (HK) unconstitutional 'national security law'. Since 1997 CCP's China and HK government have been in breach of UN international treaties including the Joint Declaration.

On 6 June 2020 the majority of District Councillors, who were elected by the only universal and equal suffrage elections in HK, voted and rejected the NPCSC 'national security law' (NSL) : i.e. that the will of HK people is rejection of the NSL. CCP and the HK government must act upon the people's will, although these elites in authority continually ignore the wishes of the common people.

One year on we reflect upon what democratic countries with their rule of law world are saying. All democracies worldwide need to cooperate to confront the threat that CCP's arbitrary rule BY law poses to the rule OF law, and the rules-based international order.

Hong Kong police officers perform a new goose-stepping march, the same style used by police and troops on the Chinese mainland, during National Security Education Day 12 April 2021 : For HK people this sight says everything about CCP's rule BY law in its police state HK. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images). Washington Post.

CCP please answer the following UN letters sent to you:

Jimmy Lai arrested, convicted and imprisoned facing more charges and his pro-democratic Apple Daily newspaper bankrupted and closed!

People in Hong Kong (HK) and international commentators alike decry the loss of journalistic freedom in the city, as marked by the arrests of Apple Daily staff and the final closure of the newspaper and its associate company Next Digital. Many also take a broader view of events, noting that the HK police, or those officers acting under the auspices of the 'national security law', in fact go much much further in their intrusion, and undermining of the rule of law.

Photo from Human Rights Watch

'Dismantling a free society : Hong Kong one year after the national security law'

Human Rights Watch 11 June 2021

"On June 30, 2020, the Chinese government imposed the draconian National Security Law (NSL) on Hong Kong with devastating consequences for human rights. Basic civil and political rights long protected in Hong Kong—including freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly—are being erased. It is evident that the NSL is an integral part of Beijing's larger efforts to reshape Hong Kong’s institutions and society, transforming a mostly free city into one dominated by Chinese Communist Party oppression."

'Hong Kong security law is 'a human rights emergency' - Amnesty'

Reuters 30 June 2021

"Hong Kong authorities have used a new national security law to target dissent and justify "censorship, harassment, arrests and prosecutions that violate human rights", Amnesty International said on Wednesday, a year after the law was implemented."

'Opinion: Only a police state like China would think imprisoning words is a good idea'

Washington Post 29 June 2021 Opinion by the Editorial Board

"IMAGINE TRYING to put words in handcuffs, shove them into a police wagon and lock them up behind bars. Do the words obey? It is the peculiar mind-set of a police state that imprisoning words is a good idea. Such is the thinking behind China’s decision to force the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily to close and to arrest editors and writers who provided the words that made it such an outspoken exponent of democracy and freedom."

WTPOHK blogs for you to read and share if you wish:

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Democracies must strengthen, decouple from CCP while engaging peoples of China

Hong Kong people demand inherent human dignity is respected by CCP

There's no denying the elephant in the room

China's NPC National Security Law for HK is unconstitutional

Hong Kong Basic Law Article 23 'National Security Law'

Further references:

Amnesty International 17 July 2020 'Hong Kong’s national security law: 10 things you need to know'

Washington Post 20 April 2021 'Beijing won total control over Hong Kong. Now, the ‘brainwashing’ begins'

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