Full text of the National Security Law

In the hours before the 23 anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Beijing’s new National Security Law was gazetted after it became effective in the city, having been signed into law earlier in Beijing by President Xi.

“The rules will be overseen and enforced by a new mainland Chinese agency with the power of the state behind it to take over some cases and operate in the city without falling under local jurisdiction.”  SCMP

The full legislation is 66 articles in six chapters listing four categories of offenses: secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security. Each crime carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment with the suggested sentence for some minor offenses less than three years’ imprisonment.

1 July 2020: Hong Kong government unveils national security law details (SCMP)

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National security law will plug Hong Kong loopholes threatening China (SCMP)

Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam says opponents of security law are ‘enemy of the people’ (Channel News Asia)

Hong Kong’s former chief executive CY Leung offers rewards to catch security offenders (RTHK)

Ai Weiwei: ‘The darkest day for Hong Kong’ (BBC)

Schools, internet, foreigners, caught up in new law (RTHK)

New mainland agency given wide powers in new law (RTHK)

Jimmy Lai: ‘National security law is Beijing’s death knell for Hong Kong’ (DW)

New law to come into effect this evening: Carrie Lam (RTHK)

National security law: those convicted could face life imprisonment (SCMP)

China’s top legislative body to hear calls for retroactivity, stiffer penalties for deterrent effect (SCMP)

Law Society raises concerns over right to fair trial (RTHK)

It’s right not to reveal entire bill: Elsie Leung (RTHK)

The leader of Hong Kong is in the dark about the law that will change Hong Kong forever (Quartz)

UK and Hong Kong: refuting disinformation (UK Government)

New law isn’t ‘too spicy’, says Tam Yiu-chung (RTHK)

Carrie Lam to address UN Human Rights Council (RTHK)

“When Xi leaves the scene, there will be a return to a better life” (Hong Kong Free Press)

Keep calm and carry on (SCMP)

Hatred claims hit teachers (The Standard)

European Union leaders urge Xi Jinping to drop Hong Kong national security law (SCMP)

Hong Kong Residents Are Erasing Their Own Internet Histories Before China’s Big Crackdown (VICE)

The Leader Who Killed Her City (The Atlantic)

Hong Kong leader’s ‘unusual’ power to choose judges in national security law cases sparks concern among lawyers, lawmakers (SCMP)

Education materials for Hong Kong schools stress following the law and illegality of independence (SCMP)

Law word change may not mean wider scope: Ronny Tong (RTHK)

Hong Kong families prepare to flee the city (Washington Post)

China’s Great Firewall Looms Over Hong Kong As Surveillance Grows (Bloomberg)

Extradition to mainland China may be possible under new Hong Kong national security law (RCMP)