Safety act: Beijing could investigate in Hong Kong

Loi sur la sécurité: Pékin pourrait enquêter à Hong Kong

The chinese authorities will have the opportunity to join the Hong Kong police to investigate suspects under a controversial bill on security, said Saturday a councillor of the autonomous territory.

The communist regime was tabled on Friday in Parliament a text that aims to prohibit “treason, secession, sedition and subversion” in Hong Kong, in response to the demonstrations of the democratic opposition last year.

The opponents of the project see it as an attack most serious against the freedoms of Hong Kong since the handover of the city to China in 1997 and a violation of the principle of “One country, two systems” that should govern relations between Beijing and the autonomous region special.

The proposal includes a section that would allow security forces the chinese to establish offices in Hong Kong, which has its own police force.

If the law is passed, the chinese policemen will be able to conduct investigations in Hong Kong after having obtained the “approval” of local authorities, said Maria Tam, specialist of the hong kong law and special adviser to the chinese Parliament.

These surveys could be conducted in conjunction ” with the Hong Kong police, said Ms Tam during an interview with AFP.

Beijing already has a garrison in Hong Kong, but the chinese army is not permitted, in principle, to intervene on request of the local government.

Hong Kong enjoys considerable autonomy compared to the rest of the country led by the communist Party of china (CPC), under the concept of ” One country, two systems “.

Its residents enjoy the freedom of expression, freedom of the press and an independent judiciary. Of unknown rights in mainland China.

But last year protests against the stranglehold found growing in Beijing on the territory gave rise to sometimes violent confrontations between radicals and the forces of order.

If someone is arrested and prosecuted, “it shall be done in the framework of the existing legal regime in Hong Kong,” assured Ms. Tam.

“I do not fear that someone is stopped by a police officer (chinese) and brought back in mainland China for investigation or sanction “, she said.

“This will not happen,” insisted Maria Tam .

The draft resolution will be submitted to the vote of the chinese Parliament Thursday 28 may, during the closing session of the current parliamentary session.

The concrete details should then be specified on the occasion of a meeting of the standing committee of the Parliament next month.

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