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Hong Kong: 64 persons charged related to national security law

, Index number: ASA 17/4354/2021

According to the Hong Kong Police, 118 people have been arrested related to the National Security Law (NSL) since its enactment on 30 June 2020, and 64 have been formally charged. Some may face life imprisonment if found guilty. The vaguely worded law criminalizes a broad range of acts and lacks effective human rights safeguards. These ongoing arrests and prosecutions have curtailed the freedoms of peaceful assembly, expression and association in Hong Kong in an unprecedented speed and scale.