Beijing has just hammered the ultimate nail within the coffin for Hong Kong's autonomy. The commitment of one country, and two systems " is buried and gone. There have been crisis in the past days, Police crashes with millions of Protesters few hours ago, fire tear and.
A week ago, the China's National People's Congress announced a draft decision proposing to '' form and improve the system and forcefully mechanisms " to " safeguard national security " in Hong Kong, Once this law is passed, the decision will empower the National People's Congress to wholly bypass the Hong Kong local legislative process. It results in implement the inferior " national security law ". On paper, it aims at prohibiting any act of secession, subversion against Beijing, terrorism & foreign interference. It constitutes, however, a devastating blow to Hong Kong's already fragile autonomy & civil liberties.
Back in 2003, the Hong Kong government's forceful decision to pass a uniform piece of legislation within the local legislature was met with uproar from civil society and was aborted. The undemocratic nature of the govt proved to be its Achille's heel.
15 years later, the legitimacy of the local & central Gov faced yet another major challenge amid the 2019 protest. But now, Beijing has taken advantage of Covid19 & initiated a series of assaults against Hong Kong's autonomy while the worldwide community has its hands tied by the virus.
It first attempted to institutionalize the " supervisory power " of China's liaison office in HK. The NPC is now further attacking " one country and two systems" by circumventing Hong Kong's Legislature: It legislates by way of inserting the evil law on to Annex III of the essential Law.
Protests, electoral institutions & international advocacy helped sustain the 2019 movement. By introducing national security law, Beijing wields massive discretionary power to punish protesters, and to cut off HK from the international society and its crucial support on the other.
Beijing has stepped up its propaganda efforts by framing protests, peaceful or otherwise, as terrorism. Under national security law, protesters might be subject to draconian legal punishments. Worse still, It explicitly takes aim at foreign interventions " meddling in HK affairs "
This new draft will not only allow human rights activists or legislators who have participated in international advocacy efforts be stripped off from running in elections or participating in key political areas or maybe imprisoned, international NGOs and other organizations, including their personnel and other assets, also can be subject to legal persecution in China.
Most Importantly, the lacking of precise democratic legislative processes, imprecise legal terms like " secession " and " subversion " easily unroll into restrained tools that of course invade our fundamental human freedoms and human rights, including freedom of speech, assembly, and our religion.
It's not implausible that criticism against Beijing or HKGov or even support for protests will soon be construed as a subversive act, punishable by law. Chilling effect will eventually snowball: starts with self-censorship & spills over its borders into the rest of the world.
The liberty of the city, from Asia financial hub to the vibrancy of its civil society, has always been important to the global community. The promises of " one country and two system " , " high degree autonomy " and free-election are backed by the Joint Declaration under international law.
Top-down insertion of the national security law goes beyond a local matter in HK: It's intended to silence the will of the global community. Historically, HK has been the safe haven for the dissident, the liberal-minded, and the nonconformist; we speak truth to China.
Amid the virus, China has revealed its true colors as a renegade state. And within the past year, we've been standing at the forefront against China's encroaching authoritarianism. We sincerely hope that the international community won't concede to the economic benefits.
China has got to offer and sacrifice respect for human rights. The reduction of our economy brought by the pandemic got to not only be resolved through succumbing to China's intruding authoritarianism trade happens on equal and fair terms but not menacing and bullying.
Ryan Chan, Hong Kong civil rights activist called on the US to come to their aid in a tweet, " We urge the U.S. government to execute the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, impose sanctions on China, and include human rights terms in reference to Hong Kong into trade treaties they are about to conclude with China. We ask u, once more to face with Hong Kong "