Law Council President providing a statement on Hong Kong's new national security laws
30 July 2020
Law Council of Australia President, Pauline Wright, expresses concern at the Hong Kong national security law passed on 30 June 2020.
The broadly-defined offences of sedition, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces are vulnerable to abuse, and are likely to have a chilling effect on civil life, democracy and the media.
We are particularly concerned that the offence of collusion will deter Hong Kongers from communicating with international contacts, and that offers of support from friends abroad could place them at risk.
The international legal community will continue to defend the rights of the people of Hong Kong, and condemn developments that undermine the rule of law and ‘One Country, Two Systems policy’.