Legislation to protect national security is international practice; Security Secretary Chris Tang Ping-keung wrote in an article that he said the enactment of Article 23 of the Basic Law will refer to UK law.
Tang published an article on Wednesday saying that maintaining national security is the right and duty of every country, and enacting national security laws is international practice.
“Despite this, the United States and other Western countries have deliberately denigrated and made false accusations regarding the enactment and implementation of Hong Kong’s national security law,” Tang said. “They also ‘demonized’ the enactment of Article 23 of the Basic Law.”
However, he continued, “in fact, they have also enacted national security laws and made legal changes from time to time.”
Tang said he noticed that the British Home Secretary had just submitted a National Security Bill to Parliament, which specifically mentioned national security risks to foreign countries such as espionage, foreign interference in the political system, sabotage, publication of false information and cybercrime. operations.
It was also said that the bill was intended to “legislate to forestall this threat”.
He said the UK bill included a wide range of new offenses and several measures aimed at restricting civil rights. Most of the proposed violations have extraterritorial effects, that is, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator or the location of the organization that committed them.
Proposed measures include:
A modernized approach to the offense of espionage, which includes an offense of obtaining or disclosing protected information;
Expands espionage to include “trade secrets” when a person acts for, on behalf of, or with the intent to benefit from a foreign power and without authorization;
Introduces the new foreign interference ‘sabotage’ offence, respectively, a purpose injurious to the security or interests of the United Kingdom is carrying out an activity for a foreign power, and against acts in the name of a foreign power and intended to affect public functions, to manipulate if or how a person uses public services or participates in political or legal processes, or harms the security or interests of the country;
Introduces powers to assist investigating authorities in disrupting and investigating foreign power threat activities, including the ability to detain for up to 48 hours initially and subsequent judicial approval for a maximum period 14 days;
Prevent the exploitation of civil legal aid and civil damages systems by convicted terrorists by preventing funds from flowing to those who might use them to support terrorism;
Introduces a new regime of preventive and investigative measures, which gives the power to impose a series of restrictive measures on an individual when the Secretary of State reasonably believes that the individual is involved in foreign power threat activities , with a criminal offense for failure to comply with or for breaching a measure.
Authorities have been working on legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law to fulfill the SAR government’s constitutional responsibility and improve national security laws, Tang said.
In addition to studying relevant national and local laws, the government will also refer to similar laws in other jurisdictions, including the aforementioned UK National Security Bill, to formulate a proposal tailored to the actual situation in Hong Kong. Kong.
He called on all sectors, especially foreign politicians, to consider the government’s proposal rationally and not to make double standards for interfering with the legislative work of the SAR government.