People view the scenery in Hong Kong, China, June 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

Hong Kong national security law passed by Beijing

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee has unanimously passed the national security law for Hong Kong prohibiting acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, newspaper South China Morning Post reported.

According to the report the law was approved by all 162 members within 15 minutes of the NPCCSC meeting today at 9:00am.

The Basic Law Committee, which advises Beijing on Hong Kong’s Basic Law will now meet to discuss the law’s insertion into Annex III of the SARs constitutions.

The new law is said to carry a maximum penalty of life in jail and is expected to come into effect on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover to China from British rule.

The Macau SAR has enforced national security legislation in 2009.