Hong Kong: Submission to the Security Bureau on Basic Law Article 23 Legislation Public Consultation Document

Amnesty International believes that the proposals set out in the Consultation Document for the enactment of Article 23 legislation under the Basic Law in many instances are contrary to international human rights laws and standards. Amnesty is concerned that the definition of national security is overbroad, that newly proposed or amended offences lack legal clarity and demonstrated necessity and proportionality, that procedural rights may be weakened, and that if enacted, the legislation could lead to violations of the rights and freedoms of the residents of Hong Kong and others. Many of the proposals are not necessary nor proportionate for a legitimate national security need.

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