Statement on the National Security Law's implementation in Hong Kong, from the NOW!'s Board of Directors
We strongly condemn the implementation of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, which will translate into a complete crackdown on civil and political liberties in the Special Administrative Region. In practice, this marks the end of the “one country, two systems” framework developed under the Sino-British declaration in 1997.
While this development was widely anticipated, even after its promulgation, the law has not been made public, and no Hong Kong official had the chance to also comment on it, it shows a profound disregard for the desires of the people of Hong Kong.
The international community's response has been shamefully inadequate until now: this final blow to Hong Kong's remaining freedoms needs to be met with a united front from all major democracies, standing with Hong Kong!
Commenting on the worrying situation, NOW’s co-founder Andrea Venzon said:
“Today’s decision marks the end of Hong Kong’s autonomous status. From now on, Hong Kong will look increasingly like mainland China, in terms of lack of political freedom and civil liberties.”
“Being well aware of this situation, our organization has worked to develop a groundbreaking campaign to mobilize the international community in defense of Hongkongers. Tomorrow, during the celebration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, we will launch the Wave of Freedom campaign,” stated Colombe Cahen-Salvador, NOW!’s co-founder.
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