Hong Kong Security Law

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Multiple journalists have been arrested by Hong Kong police including journalist for UK's tv channel ITV
Multiple journalists have been arrested by Hong Kong police including journalist for UK's tv channel ITV
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The Hong Kong Police Force has announced via their Twitter account that nine people have been arrested for alleged breaches of the national security law.

One of the arrested people is the freelance journalist Wilson Li who works for the UK-based television channel ITV. A spokesperson from ITV News has stated that: "We can confirm that Wilson Li works for ITV News in a freelance capacity. We are concerned to hear of his arrest and are urgently seeking clarification of the circumstances."

In addition to the arrests, the Hong Kong Police Force has raided and searched the office the media outlet Apple Daily.

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Pro-democracy owner of Apple Daily media outlet Jimmy Lai arrested by Hong Kong police

The Hong Kong police have arrested Jimmy Lai on grounds of the new national security law in Hong Kong. According to a close aid of his, he has been arrested at 7am and lawyers have been sent to the police station.

The news agency AFP has stated that a police source has stated that Lai had been arrested for the alleged collusion with foreign forces and fraud. His house has been searched by the police, as well as the house of his son. Multiple other members of his group have reportedly been arrested.

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Hong Kong issues arrest warrant for Samuel Chu - a United States citizen - under new security law
Hong Kong issues arrest warrant for Samuel Chu - a United States citizen - under new security law
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Under the new national security law Hong Kong has issued multiple warrants for pro-democracy activists. Included in these warrants is one for managing director of the Hong Kong Democracy Council based in D.C., Samuel Chu.

Chu stated on his Twitter account that he heard about the arrest warrant from the media and that Hong Kong is searching for him for the alleged crimes of "inciting secession" and "colluding with foreign powers". He added that he is and has been for 25 years an American citizen.

Six other pro-democracy activists have gotten outstanding arrest warrants according to Chinese state media including the activist Nathan Law.

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Germany suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
Germany suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
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The German foreign minister Heiko Maas has announced that Germany will suspend the extradition treaty between Hong Kong and Germany as a consequence of the postponed Legislative Council General Election in Hong Kong.

Maas has stated that "the Hong Kong government’s decision to disqualify a dozen opposition candidates for the election and postpone the elections to the legislature is another infringement on the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong" adding that China needs to ensure international law and to provide free and fair elections.

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Hong Kong: Twelve pro-democracy politicians have been banned from the September election
Joshua Wong
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According to a spokesperson of the Hong Kong government, twelve people have been disqualified from participating as candidates in the upcoming legislative election in September, including Joshua Wong.

The person stated that these people did not uphold basic law and that they aren't allowed to promote the independence of Hong Kong, seek intervention from foreign governments and show misdemeanour against the national security law.

In addition, the spokesperson said that "returning Officers are still reviewing the validity of other nominations according to the laws. We do not rule out the possibility that more nominations would be invalidated".

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Joshua Wong announces he has been disqualified from LegCo election in Hong Kong
Joshua Wong announces he has been disqualified from LegCo election in Hong Kong
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The pro-democracy activist and politician Joshua Wong has announced via his Twitter account that he has been disqualified from running in the upcoming 2020 Legislative Council General Election in Hong Kong. The elections are set to happen on the 6 September.

In a second tweet, Wong states that his criticism of the national security law is the reason why he has been disqualified despite getting over 30,000 votes in the democratic primary.

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Hong Kong real-estate tycoon proposes city for 50,000 Hong Kong emigrants in Ireland
Hong Kong real-estate tycoon proposes city for 50,000 Hong Kong emigrants in Ireland
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The real-estate tycoon Ivan Ko has proposed plans to build a city from scratch on Ireland between Dublin and Belfast for 50,000 emigrants from Hong Kong.

Originally he had planned to find a 500 sq km site to build his vision for 500,000 Hongkongers but drastically scaled that down after he talked to the Irish government. He stated that "we found out that replicating the Hong Kong model was not suitable, as if we were imposing something, and that Hong Kong people would be seen as segregated from the rest of the population. So we changed to another model".

The new city will be called Nextpolis and follow the political system of the host country and should integrate with local business as he wants to build a "new city to let Hong Kong people live together" and "maximise the benefits to both sides".

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Extraditions and arms exports from United Kingdom to Hong Kong suspended over security law
Dominic Raab
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The United Kingdoms foreign secretary Dominic Raab has stated in an address to the parliament that the newly passed and enacted national security law is "a clear and serious violation of the UK-China joint declaration" and adding that the United Kingdom "will hold China to its international obligations".

The suspension of the extradition deal with Hong Kong is indefinitely and the arms embargo against China has been extended to include Hong Kong.

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Carrie Lam says organized efforts by Democrats' to win legislative majority might be illegal under security law
Carrie Lam says organized efforts by Democrats' to win legislative majority might be illegal under security law
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has stated that "If this so-called primary election’s purpose is to achieve the ultimate goal of rejecting to, resisting every policy initiative of the Hong Kong SAR government, then it may fall into the category of subverting the state power" in regards to the pro-democracy camp’s primary election that happened over the past weekend. She added that coordinated efforts to subvert the state power is "is now one of the four types offences under the new national security law".

Despite a rising number of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong over 600,000 citizens hat turned up to vote in the primaries. The result will be used as a reference for the selection of candidates of the democratic camp in five geographical constituencies of Hong Kong.

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Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty
Prime Minister Scott Morrison
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In response to the new security law imposed by China Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia will halt its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and visas will be extended by five years for Hong Kongers already in Australia.

This announcement comes right after Canada's suspension of their treaty with Hong Kong and Britain considering a similar move.

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Tik Tok will exit Hong Kong following new security law
Tik Tok will exit Hong Kong following new security law
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TikTok plans to pull out of the Hong Kong market after China imposed a new security law on the city that gives authorities sweeping new powers, raising concerns about data privacy.

A spokesman for the company told BBC: "In light of recent events, we've decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,".

Other companies including Google, Facebook, Telegram and Twitter have suspended processing government access requests for user data in Hong Kong.

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First arrested protester under new law gets bail denied
Hong Kong Protest. May 24, 2020
Hong Kong Protest. May 24, 2020 Credit: Joseph Chan

After being arrested for knocking over multiple police officers at the pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong last Wednesday, Tong Ying-kit has been denied to get out of jail on bail. The Hong Kong court referenced Article 42 of the new national security law in denying bail, claiming that the protester could continue to endanger national security. Tong Ying-kit had previously protested with a "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" banner and then drove a motorbike into police officers.

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Facebook and WhatsApp are suspending data requests for Hong Kong users
Facebook and WhatsApp are suspending data requests for Hong Kong users
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Following the enactment of a new security law in Hong Kong, Facebook and its messaging service WhatsApp are suspending government requests for user data in Hong Kong.

A spokesperson from WhatsApp said that they are pausing such requests pending further assessment of the impact of the national security law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with human rights experts.

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Messenger app Telegram will temporarily suspend fulfilling data requests from Hong Kong courts
Messenger app Telegram will temporarily suspend fulfilling data requests from Hong Kong courts
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According to Hong Kong Free Press the messenger app Telegram has decided to temporarily not fulfill data requests of its users made by Hong Kong courts. The head of marketing for telegram, Mike Ravdonikas, has stated that "Telegram does not intend to process any data requests related to its Hong Kong users until an international consensus is reached in relation to the ongoing political changes in the city". The decision follows the enactment of the new national security law in Hong Kong.

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Democracy activists' books disappear from Hong Kong libraries after new law
Democracy activists' books disappear from Hong Kong libraries after new law
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Books written by prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures, including Joshua Wong and lawmaker Tanya Chan, have started to disappear from the Chinese-ruled city’s public libraries. According to Reuters, the books are being reviewed to see whether or not they violate a new national security law.

On Twitter, Joshua Wong wrote "Less than a week after #NationalSecurityLaw has been put in place, #Hongkong's public libraries started to put books under review and suspend them from lending, including two of mine published in 2013 and 2015.".

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Canada suspends extraditions to Hong Kong
Canada suspends extraditions to Hong Kong
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the suspension of the Extradition Treaty between Hong Kong and Canada. This follows after China imposed the new security legislation onto Hong Kong. He stated that "we are also looking at additional measures, including around immigration". Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has also criticized Chinas as according to him the new security law "is a significant step back in terms of freedom and liberty".

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Pro-democracy activist Nathan Law flees from Hong Kong
Pro-democracy activist Nathan Law flees from Hong Kong
Credit: Nathan Law via Facebook

One of the leading pro-democracy activists and former member of the Hong Kong parliament Nathan Law has left Hong Kong. He stated on his Facebook pages that is currently at an undisclosed location and intends to continue his activism from there, as the new security law in Hong Kong brought up new concerns for his freedom and safety. In 2014 Law had been one of the main organizers of the umbrella protests and since then been in the focus of the authorities.

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House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
House of the United States pass sanctions against China over Hong Kong security law
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In a unanimous vote the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill sanctioning banks that are in business with Chinese officials responsible for the national security law and action against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that "The law is a brutal, sweeping crackdown against the people of Hong Kong, intended to destroy the freedoms they were promised".

The bill is pending Senate approval and the signature of President Donald Trump.

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370 people arrested in Hong Kong after protests erupt despite police ban
370 people arrested in Hong Kong after protests erupt despite police ban
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The Hong Kong police have arrested 370 people during protests on Wednesday were detained for alleged "unauthorised assemblies, disorderly conduct, possession of offensive weaponry and other related offences". Ten of these were arrested for breach of the new national security law that has been effective since Wednesday.

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Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will open path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens
Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will open path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens
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Following up on previously made considerations, the prime minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has announced that his country will extend the rights of Hong Kong citizens to live and work in the Kingdom, following the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong. Johnson called this a "clear and serious breach" of the Sino-British joint declaration with Britain that China has made over Hong Kong. Holders of the British National (Overseas) passport will be granted "limited leave to remain with the ability to live and work in the UK and thereafter to apply for citizenship and that is precisely what we will do now", according to Johnson.