HKSAR justice secretary welcomes passage of law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG, June 30 (Xinhua) — Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Teresa Cheng on Tuesday welcomed the passage of the law on safeguarding national security in the HKSAR.

Cheng said in a statement that she would continue to lead the Department of Justice (DoJ) to provide full support for and discharge the responsibility of safeguarding national security in the HKSAR.

The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR was passed earlier Tuesday at the 20th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature and it was listed in Annex III to the HKSAR Basic Law.

The Law is targeted at the criminal acts of secession, subversion, terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security. It provides clear rules and legal basis for preventing, curbing and punishing those who breach the law to endanger national security, and is conducive to safeguarding national security, said Cheng.

Cheng said she is committed to assisting in formulating policies and implementing the relevant legal system, adding that a dedicated unit of the DoJ has been established to handle prosecutions and related legal matters on national security in accordance with law. Enditem

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