Hong Kong’s leader has said she was not kept in the dark as Beijing imposed the national security law on the city, and central government officials had briefed her and sought her opinion on the legislation.
On Tuesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor also said the police’s power was not expanded under a series of new implementation rules laid down by the government the day before.
Under the new rules, Hong Kong police can raid premises without a court warrant, order internet firms to remove content or seize relevant devices, and demand information from political groups operating outside the city.
But at a 45-minute press conference on Tuesday, Lam said the law had been misrepresented as being draconian and undermining “one country, two systems”, the principle under which the city is governed.
She also said the notion Hong Kong officials were kept in the dark before it was enacted was wrong.
Rather than enlarging police power, the implementation rules were meant to limit such powers in law enforcement, Lam said.
“Apart from the powers under the current ordinance, Article 43 of the new law already empowered the police to adopt seven measures in safeguarding national security,” she said. “If we do not write down these implementation rules, the police’s power and measures would be almost absolute.
“It was exactly because we felt we need to protect and respect human rights, that we created the implementation rules … to stipulate under what circumstance could the measures be adopted, and who can approve it.”
Countering those who said the legislation was draconian, Lam said it was “relatively mild” compared with similar laws in some other countries.
“I have not seen widespread fears among Hong Kong people in the past week,” she said. “The national security law will restore stability, and help ensure the majority of Hong Kong people would exercise their rights and freedoms without being intimidated or attacked.”
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