Exile No Protection Hong Kong Security Law, US Dissident Says

 

File photo: Supporters of Hong Kong anti-government movement gather at Liberty Square, to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of the protests in Hong Kong, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Reuters)

File picture: Supporters of Hong Kong anti-government motion collect at Liberty Sq., to mark the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the protests in Hong Kong, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Reuters)

Chinese language state media earlier reported Hong Kong police had ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists residing in exile on suspicion of violating the brand new regulation.

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  • Final Up to date: August 1, 2020, 10:37 AM IST

Hong Kong’s arrest warrants for activists abroad present that exile and overseas nationality aren’t any safety in opposition to town’s sweeping nationwide safety regulation, one of many focused dissidents has warned.

Democracy campaigner and US citizen Samuel Chu, who runs the Hong Kong Democracy Council in Washington, mentioned Friday he had realized he’s needed for allegedly “inciting secession and colluding with overseas powers”.

Chinese language state media earlier reported Hong Kong police had ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists residing in exile on suspicion of violating the brand new regulation.

“Hong Kong police is concentrating on a US citizen for lobbying my very own authorities. I is perhaps the primary non-Chinese language citizen to be focused, however I can’t be the final,” Chu mentioned on Twitter.

“If I’m focused, any American, any citizen of any nation who speaks out for HK can-and will be-too,” he added.

It’s the first time authorities have invoked the regulation’s extraterritorial jurisdiction to go after activists not in Hong Kong.

Others needed by Hong Kong police embody distinguished democracy activist Nathan Legislation who lately fled town for Britain, and Simon Cheng, a former British consulate staffer who was granted asylum within the UK after allegedly being tortured in China.

The town’s pro-democracy camp has come underneath sustained assault since Beijing imposed the safety regulation final month — a transfer China’s leaders described as a “sword” hanging over the top of its critics.

The laws targets subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with overseas forces with as much as life in jail, however rights teams and critics say it’s a authorized weapon to silence dissidents and criminalise sure political opinions.

Because the regulation got here into impact, a dozen main pro-democracy campaigners have been disqualified from operating in legislative elections, and 4 college students — one in every of them solely aged 16 — have been arrested on suspicion of “inciting secession” on social media.

“The arrests, the disqualifications, the needed bulletins — these are indications of our want to stay lively on the worldwide stage,” activist Legislation, 27, mentioned on Fb.

“That Hong Kong has no place for even such reasonable views like ours underscores the absurdity of Chinese language Communist rule.”

Legislation mentioned the costs in opposition to him have been “trumped-up” and his solely “crime” is that he “loves Hong Kong an excessive amount of”.

“I hope… that each one of you possibly can stand sturdy to withstand the white terror reasonably than succumb to self-censorship,” he added.

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