Hong Kong Article 23: Impact and Implications
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News feed Date: 21 March, 2024

Article 23 Becomes New Hong Kong Security Law

Article 23 Becomes New Hong Kong Security Law

4 years ago China enforced its own Hong Kong security law. Now, in 2024, Hong Kong authorities passed Article 23. This article will examine the cause and probable effect of this kowtowing to Beijing.

China Brings in National Security Law (NSL) in 2020

The fervour of pro-democracy activists permeated the Hong Kong atmosphere in 2019. The crackdown came a year later, with a law allowing closed-door trials.

Beijing’s NSL criminalizes acts of secession, as in calling for Hong Kong to split from China. Subversion is an offence, punishable if Hong Kong citizens undermine Beijing. Finally, terrorism covers violent collaboration with foreign forces.

Article 23 in 2024

This new Hong Kong security law becomes effective from Saturday, 23 March, 2024. Article 23 concentrates on the following 5 crimes:

  1. Treason
  2. Insurrection
  3. Sabotage endangering national security
  4. External interference in the affairs of Hong Kong
  5. Spying and theft of state secrets

These offences can carry prison sentences up to 20 years. In addition, police can now hold suspects without charge for up to 16 days. The limit used to be 48 hours.

Police can also prevent suspects from meeting with their lawyers. In addition, they can restrict the communications and movements of those given bail.

The RIF Trust Take on Hong Kong Developments

Aleksandra Smolen is perfectly placed to comment on the latest proceedings. After all, she’s our Hong Kong Regional Director. Smolen says: “Where once there was a buzz about being in Hong Kong, there is now a feeling of uncertainty.”

“This business and finance hub perfectly blended East and West. Now, HNWIs are getting increasingly itchy feet as they worry about the effect of Article 23 on their civil liberties.”

Learn about what’s happening in Hong Kong with Article 23.

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Article 23 Becomes New Hong Kong Security Law

Date: 21 March, 2024

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