mandag 25. oktober 2021

Amnesty to close Hong Kong offices over National Security Law

Amnesty International will shut its offices in Hong Kong over a recently-imposed national security law. The human rights group said the law, imposed by China, makes it "effectively impossible" for them to operate. Amnesty has had a presence in Hong Kong for more than 40 years, and now runs two offices there - one focused on the city and another on the wider region.

The local office will close by 31 October, and the regional office will move out by the end of the year. The broadly worded national security law in Hong Kong criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Critics say it is aimed at crushing dissent but China says it is meant to maintain stability.