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China released the details of its sweeping security legislation for Hong Kong, as the U.S. took steps to roll back special trading privileges that help maintain the former British colony’s status as an international commercial hub. The legislation, which was published in full only as it took effect, called for sentences as long as life in prison for the most serious cases of terrorism, secession, subversion of state power and collusion with foreign forces. Earlier Tuesday, President Xi Jinping personally signed an order promulgating the legislation. U.K.
Facebook has suspended government requests to access user data in Hong Kong following the enactment of a contentious new national security law, the social network announced Monday. © Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images Riot police hold up a warning flag during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a new national security law.
"We are pausing the review of government requests for user data from Hong Kong pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts,” a Facebook company spokesperson said in a statement.
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Minutes after reports broke that China passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong, Carrie Lam stood in front of a backdrop of the city’s iconic skyline for a weekly press briefing. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)
}); With legions of reporters clamoring to hear details of the law that could reshape the financial hub’s future, it quickly became clear that Hong Kong’s leader had none.
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The company is currently reviewing the law to understand the implications for Facebook and its users, a spokesperson said.
"We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and support the right of people to express themselves without fear for their safety or other repercussions," a Facebook company spokesperson said in a statement.
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The US, EU, and the UK made efforts to warn China over its new national security law for Hong Kong. China is beyond caring."Separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference" in Hong Kong are now deemed crimes in Beijing's remit. Hong Kong police already used the law to make at least nine arrests on Wednesday, with those charged with the most severe crimes facing a maximum of life in prison.
© Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images Riot police hold up a warning flag during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, in response to a new national security law.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Facebook-owned messaging apps WhatsApp and Telegram have also issued separate statements Monday making the same announcement. ABC News has reached out to both companies for comment.
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On the anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule, thousands defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest the security law.Police said 10 people were arrested under the law, including a man with a Hong Kong independence flag and a woman holding a sign displaying the British flag and calling for Hong Kong’s independence — all violations of the law that took effect Tuesday night. Others were detained for possessing items advocating independence.
Last week, Beijing rolled out the new national security law, which is aimed at curtailing unrest and protests in Hong Kong by punishing acts of secession, subversion and terrorism. There is a maximum penalty of life in prison for breaking the law.
Critics say the law will "authoritarian-ize" Hong Kong and end its "One Country Two Systems" framework, established in 1997 when the city was handed back to China from Britain. Social platforms such as Facebook are blocked in mainland China but not in Hong Kong. © Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images Police perform a stop and search near the US consulate during a march to celebrate US Independence Day in Hong Kong on July 4, 2020. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP) (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images)
Since the wide-ranging law was passed on June 30, at least 10 people have been arrested for allegedly violating it. That includes a Hong Kong resident who was arrested on July 1 after allegedly driving a motorcycle into police during protests while carrying a banner with a political slogan that is now outlawed.
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Taiwan has opened an office to help those from Hong Kong resettle. It comes as China passes a new national security law in Hong Kong.It comes as China this week passed a new national security law in Hong Kong that's sparked concerns about the erosion of freedoms and rights in the special administrative region.
Several prominent activists have also fled Hong Kong since the law went into effect.MORE: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong speaks out on national security law amid reports his book is 'under review' at libraries
On Monday, Hong Kong's government released details on police enforcement of the new law. According to the AP, platforms and publishers may be ordered to take down any message that is "likely to constitute an offense endangering national security or is likely to cause the occurrence of an offense endangering national security."
ABC News' Fergal Gallagher contributed to this report.
Over 200,000 vote in Hong Kong pro-democracy primaries .
HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents turned up over the weekend to vote in an unofficial two-day primary election held by the city’s pro-democracy camp as it gears up to field candidates for an upcoming legislative poll. © Provided by Associated Press People queue up to vote in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 12, 2020, in an unofficial primary for pro-democracy candidates ahead of legislative elections in September. Over 200,000 Hong Kongers voted in an unofficial Hong Kong primary that will help the pro-democracy camp decide which candidates to field in legislative elections in September.