onsdag 22. september 2021

Explainer: How Hong Kong plans a series of new laws to further tighten its grip

Fourteen months after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on Hong Kong, the city’s government and pro-establishment lawmakers are planning several new laws to plug what they see as loopholes in the Basic Law, or constitution.  Chief Executive Carrie Lam said her government could make “bold proposals” because the legislature had largely returned to normal following the disqualification of four pro-democracy lawmakers and the subsequent mass resignation of other democrats.

In addition, a major political overhaul ordered by Beijing in March will permanently exclude many pro-democracy members from the Legislative Council (LegCo). HKFP has rounded up some of the government’s proposals, the timelines for legislation, and the opinion of critics about the administration’s plans.