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Hong Kong is about to be governed by a law most residents have never seen

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

China's new national security legislation for Hong Kong was written and passed behind closed doors, without the consultation of the city's local government or legislature. It will reportedly come into force on July 1, potentially rewriting the city's legal system -- despite the fact the overwhelming majority of residents have no idea of what precisely it will entail.

Speaking at a weekly press conference Tuesday morning, the city's leader Carrie Lam initially refused to answer questions about the law, saying it was "inappropriate for me to comment. " Hours later she later defended it in a video speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, saying it will restore stability and prosperity to Hong Kong.

Two other political parties, the Hong Kong National Front and Studentlocalism, also said they were ceasing operations in the city, though both groups -- fringe pro-independence parties -- said they would continue to work overseas.

Some pro-independence figures are known to have fled Hong Kong in recent months, fearing arrest in connection with last year's often violent anti-government protests, or the upcoming law.

In a letter to the city's government Monday, Hong Kong Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes said the secrecy of the law was "genuinely extraordinary" and called on the government to make clear how citizens' minimum rights will be guaranteed.

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