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What you need to know about the national security law for Hong Kong

May 21, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Chinese legislators are expected to discuss a new law concerning Hong Kong's national security at the upcoming parliamentary session.

What does Hong Kong need a national security law for and why does it not have one?

Under Article 23 of the Basic Law, or the city's mini-constitution, the Hong Kong government must enact its own national security law prohibiting acts of "Treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the central people's government, or theft of state secrets and to prohibit political organisations or bodies of the region from establishing ties with foreign political organisations or bodies".

In 2003, the Hong Kong government was forced to shelve a national security bill after an estimated half a million people took to the streets to oppose the legislation, which they warned would curb their rights and freedoms.

National People's Congress deputy Stanley Ng Chau-pei had suggested incorporating mainland China security laws into the Basic Law.