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Hong Kong Introduces New Draft National Security Law, Expanding Its Control on Dissent

HeadlineMar 08, 2024

In Hong Kong, lawmakers published a draft of a new national security law that further cracks down on dissent and free speech. The law expands the definition of certain offenses and targets treason, insurrection, sabotage, external interference, theft of state secrets and espionage. The draft law also imposes harsher penalties for these offenses, including life imprisonment in some cases. The bill is expected to pass swiftly as only Beijing-aligned lawmakers have been permitted to run in Hong Kong elections since 2021.

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