Hong Kong national security law unanimously passed by Beijing, expected to become effective July 1

Source: Politico | June 29, 2020 | Jeffie Lam and Kimmy Chung

All Hong Kong delegates to nation’s two top political bodies to attend session at liaison office on Tuesday afternoon, with law taking effect on Wednesday.

Beijing’s top legislative body has unanimously passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong prohibiting acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security.

The law, approved by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) on Tuesday, is expected to carry a maximum penalty of life in jail.

Sources told the Post the law was approved unanimously by the standing committee’s 162 members, within 15 minutes of the meeting starting at 9am.

Only a handful of Hong Kong delegates to the national legislature saw a draft of the law before its passage, a major point of contention, with many in the city decrying the lack of transparency given the legislation’s far-reaching consequences.

On Sunday, the standing committee began a special meeting fast-tracking the bill, which was passed on the last day of the three-day session.

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The law is expected to come into effect on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover to China from British rule.

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