lørdag 27. november 2021

China has undermined Hong Kong’s judicial and parliamentary independence: US report

Changes to Hong Kong’s political system imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) amid an ongoing crackdown on public dissent have turned the city’s legislature into a “rubber stamp,” and undermined the independence of judges, according to a U.S. government report.

“Changes to Hong Kong’s elections and the composition of its legislature now ensure pro-Beijing lawmakers will always have a majority, turning the once-competitive Legislative Council into a rubber-stamp parliament,” the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (ESRC) said in its annual report to Congress this week.

Meanwhile, judges in cases brought under a draconian national security law that took effect on July 1, 2020 are now chosen from a list approved by the CCP-backed national security apparatus, “effectively stripping the Hong Kong judiciary of its former independence,” the report said.