Foreign PolicyForeign Policy

Hong Kong's Liberties Are Long Gone

By Doug Bandow

23 Sep 2021 · 5 min read

When the national security law was introduced in Hong Kong more than a year ago, pro-Beijing politicians assured the public it would have minimal impact.

Hong Konger Chief Executive Carrie Lam told the region’s residents that “the law will not affect Hong Kong’s renowned judicial independence. It will not affect legitimate rights and freedoms of individuals that are protected under the Basic Law and the relevant provisions of international covenants as applied to Hong Kong.”

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