søndag 28. juni 2020

China lawmakers to vote on Hong Kong law on Tuesday, says media

China’s top legislative body will vote on Hong Kong’s security legislation on Tuesday (June 30) morning, the day before the city’s handover anniversary, Now TV News reported, signalling Beijing may soon hand down a measure that pro-democracy activists and business groups say could erode the city’s unique freedoms.

At a three-day meeting that started on Sunday, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee discussed the legislation to punish acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reporter earlier, citing Mr Ip Kwok-him, one of the city’s non-voting delegates.

The proposed law includes a life sentence for acts of secession and subversion, according to the Now TV report, which cited unidentified people. The penalty would be far more severe than what the city’s sole representative to the Chinese legislative body has suggested.