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National Security Law for the HKSAR

On June 30, 2020, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee passed “The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)” for inclusion in Annex III to the Basic Law according to Article 18 of the Basic Law. By way of promulgation it is now effective in the HKSAR.

Purpose of the National Security Law

The National Security Law is part of the law for the HKSAR to safeguard national security, preserve "One Country, Two Systems" and restore stability. It aims to prevent, curb and sanction an extremely small minority who threatens national security by acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.

Safeguarding national security through legislation is in line with international practice. The National Security Law will NOT affect the rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents under the "One Country, Two Systems". By establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms to safeguard national security, Hong Kong will be able to stay clear of riots and return to prosperity and stability. With the implementation of the National Security Law, the city is a safer and more stable city, making it conducive to maintaining a favourable environment for business and investment.

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      Last revision date: Sep 24, 2020