Recently, China approved new security law, but instead of bringing joy, citizens and Christian community are really concerned about this new action.
According to the opinion of several critics, this new law will erode the democratic freedoms enjoyed by those living in Hong Kong.
The becomes controversital becauseit will make it easier for China to penalise pro-democracy protesters with terrorism charges and handing out lengthy prison sentences.
China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee signed off the law on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover to China from British rule.
As part of the new law, Beijing will establish a new security office in Hong Kong, with law enforcement personnel answering to the central Chinese government, not the local authorities.
The law also stipulates that crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces are punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison and that certain criminals will be subject to extradition for trial.
pastors and believers across the region are denouncing Beijing’s action. They affirm that these new measures could be devastating for the Christian community.
“The criminalisation of acts categorised as ‘subversion’ and ‘foreign collusion’ could potentially endanger the right to freedom of religion or belief in Hong Kong,” Christian Solidarity Worldwide explained.
“In Mainland China, religious leaders and lawyers who defend freedom of religion or belief have been charged under similar terms such as ‘inciting to subvert state power’, including Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Church.”
“War on faith”
Gary Bauer, commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) pronounced in relation to the new law.
In a statement, Bauer said: “Hong Kong has long been living proof that religious freedom and Chinese culture can coexist in harmony—no matter what the Communist Party claims. This new national security legislation would potentially expand the Chinese Communist Party’s war on faith in the mainland to hundreds of thousands of believers in Hong Kong.”
Source: Premier.Christian News