Wong Sio Chak, Secretary for Security

Macau | National Security Law to reinforce ‘one country’ principle – Secretary for Security

Macau (MNA) – The Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, is proposing revising the National Security Law inscribed in Article 23 of the Basic Law of the Macau SAR, in order to reinforce the ‘demonstration of the ‘One country’ principle.’

According to an announcement posted on the Secretariat Office for Security’s website, the Secretary argues it is necessary to treat illicit acts against the State in a ‘special way’ both regarding its content and procedural regulation, thus, ‘filling a legal blank in Macau’s criminal matters in regard to the prevention [of] and fight against illicit activities against the security of the State.’

The law specifies seven types of crime against the security of the State, including crimes against the State’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, national unity and security.

In particular, the Secretary claims that the law should have its own criminal procedure regulations, including regulations of the body to enforce the law, means and requirements to obtain evidence, litigation procedures and others, arguing that currently only general criminal proceedings apply.

The announcement also reads that the country and the world’s rapid development makes it crucial to revise the National Security Law to mirror the latest developments.

Article 23 foresees that the MSAR shall enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the Central People’s Government, or theft of state secrets, to prohibit foreign political organisations or bodies from conducting political activities in the Region, and to prohibit political organisations or bodies of the Region from establishing ties with foreign political organisations or bodies.