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Beijing’s decision far exceeds the Hong Kong Basic Law’s requirement for national security legislation:

The second law of thermodynamics (heat cannot pass from a colder to a hotter body) is the only basic law of physics that distinguishes the past from the future.

Declaration by @JosepBorrellF  on behalf of the EU 🇪🇺 on #HongKong . ➡ The EU expresses its grave concern at the steps taken by China ➡ these are not in conformity with its international commitments & the Basic Law'>Hong Kong Basic Law 👇

... the Basic Law'>Hong Kong Basic Law. This risks to seriously undermine the 'One Country Two Systems' principle and the high degree of autonomy of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong. EU relations with China are based on mutual respect and trust. This decision further ..

“Justice,” of course, is a normative idea that in this formulation presupposes that *all* members of society should enjoy basic and equivalent treatment under the law, notwithstanding whether their particular outcomes give them power or privilege.

It is positive that the HR/VP is not mincing many words in his statement on #HongKong  after the EU's Foreign Affairs Council. China's breach of international law and of Hong Kong's basic law are clearly castigated. Of course, question remains: what else will EU member states do?

New EU statement on Hong Kong, issued by @JosepBorrellF  in name of bloc:"The EU expresses its grave concern at the steps taken by China on 28 May, which are not in conformity with its international commitments (Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984) & the Basic Law-1-'>Hong Kong Basic Law-1-

With its new national security law, Beijing is ignoring the Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini-constitution:

Michael C. Davis examines the legal issues around Beijing's national security legislation, including conflicts with the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s constitution:

The law “will only target an extremely small minority of illegal and criminal acts and activities, while the life and property, basic rights and freedoms of the overwhelming majority of citizens will be protected,” Carrie Lam wrote in an open letter


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Wang Yang's work report at #CPPCC  omitted mention of the principles of “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong” and the city’s “high degree of autonomy”. CCP unwilling to honour it's pledges under HK Basic Law and the Sino British Joint Declaration of 1985.

An extraordinarily bad day for Carrie Lam with her mask law ruled incompatible with Basic Law, police waging war against students at Poly U for an entire weekend and a second week of lunchtime protests in Central. Her response? Visiting a policeman in hospital. Optics matter.

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This aggressive move against Hong Kong’s autonomy is the latest in an escalating campaign to frame legitimate dissent as a threat to national security. I am deeply concerned about Beijing’s intention to “improve” implementation of the Basic Law.

Sen. Rubio, @SenatorRisch , and @SenCoryGardner  released the following statement regarding reports that the National People’s Congress will introduce legislation this week to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law'>Hong Kong Basic Law. Read more here🔽

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Breaking News: As protests raged across the city, Hong Kong’s High Court struck down a contentious ban on the wearing of face masks in public. The court found that the ban violated the territory’s mini-constitution, know as the Basic Law.

There has never in my lifetime been a law that so encroached on our civil liberties and basic rights as the Coronavirus Bill, scheduled to become law by end of month. It is all aimed at keeping us safe. But the transfer of unchallengeable power to the state for two years is...

I've written to Boris Johnson demanding urgent clarification of his government's position on Trump's 'peace plan' for Israel - Palestine. Is he really prepared to abandon the most basic principles of human rights and international law?

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The action of the British police in literally dragging Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy and the smashing of international law by the Ecuadorean regime in permitting this barbarity are crimes against the most basic natural justice. This is a warning to all journalists.

Alabama’s new law is heartbreaking. Imprisoning doctors and punishing women over access to vital, legal medical care is a staggering violation of both basic morality and constitutional rights.