Provisions of the proposed law have yet to be disclosed. At that time, many Hongkongers feared that they could be extradited to China and put on trial in Chinese courts which are notorious for failing to uphold the rule of law.
A young woman (C) is surrounded by police before a protest is staged in Hong Kong on June 28, 2020, against looming national security legislation to be implemented by the mainland Chinese government.
The legislation will outlaw activities pertaining to "separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference".
"American enterprises in Hong Kong will suffer if the act is passed in the end as the sanctions for sure will strike a blow to their business", Tian said.
Beijing appeared to have lost its patience in the face of widespread and often violent anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong previous year, moving to circumvent the city's own legislative council and enact the law at the national level on what critics said were weak legal grounds.
The draft law and a deliberation report, which were submitted by the NPC Constitution and Law Committee to the session, have had opinions from all sectors, including those from people of all walks of life in Hong Kong, fully studied and solicited, embodied the spirit of the related NPC decision and responded to the concerns of related parties, lawmakers said.
Delegates at a meeting of the National People's Congress Standing Committee reviewed the draft of the law at the committee's second meeting of the month on Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency said without giving details of the bill's latest contents.
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Since the end of May, many Hongkongers and government officials around the world have criticized Bejing's proposal, saying that it would spell the end of the city's autonomy, which was guaranteed when the territory reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
Concerns are growing among Hong Kong residents and the global community that the "one country, two systems" principle that guarantees a high degree of autonomy for the territory could be destroyed.
Law said worldwide pressure is essential to keep China in check. That's not what it is.
Alan Leong, chairman of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Civic Party, wrote that he agreed with Bütikofer's statement. It comes as Beijing has long accused "foreign forces" of inciting last year's mass protests that plunged the city into its biggest political crisis since the 1997 handover.
"Due to persisting social unrest, Hong Kong police have cautiously assessed the risks and believe that some participants of this public assembly and public procession may depart from the planned rally location and marching route and violently vandalise buildings as listed above", the letter published by the CHRF on Facebook says. On Sunday, residents of Hong Kong held a silent protest in the Kowloon district.
"Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the full implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, as well as respect for human rights, are of fundamental importance".
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House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland declared the measure to recognize Washington , D.C., as a state "long overdue". The initiative passed in the Democratic-controlled House by a vote of 232-180, with no Republicans supporting it.