Written bySiddhant Pandey
New details of China's controversial national security law were unveiled by Hong Kong on Monday.
Under the new legislation, security forces have the overriding authority to enter and search properties for evidence and even restrict people from leaving Hong Kong.
The new law, imposed by China on Hong Kong, came into force on June 30.
Here are more details.
According to Reuters, the new law empowers authorities to enter and search places for evidence. People under investigation can be stopped from leaving Hong Kong.
The law may allow for the confiscation of proceeds linked to any offense endangering national security.
Further, foreign and Taiwan political organizations and agents will be required to provide information on activities concerning Hong Kong, a former British colony.
Britain returned Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997, under a "one country, two systems" formula. This allowed for the city to have greater autonomy, such as an independent judiciary.
However, over the past year, calls for greater democracy in Hong Kong have intensified.
Yet, despite the protests from Hong Kongers and Western nations, Beijing imposed the new security law on the city.
Under the new law, crimes of secession and sedition may be punishable by up to life in prison. This has raised concerns of a more authoritarian era in the city.
Beijing and Hong Kong authorities said the law will only target a minority of "troublemakers," but critics said it serves as the latest example of Beijing's tightening grip on the city.
Critics say that the law is a crackdown on dissent and a long-running campaign for greater democracy. The law punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.
Britain has described the law as a "clear and serious" violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration, under which Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997.
The Chinese ambassador in London, Liu Xiaoming, on Monday accused Britain of gross interference and making irresponsible remarks over the law.
Xiaoming also threatened consequences if Britain continued to be hostile towards China.
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