The government in Hong Kong has passed a new law, scheduled to come into effect January 1st, 2017 that will place foreign NGOs under the supervision of police. The Overseas NGOs Domestic Activities Management Law. The law will allow the police to monitor the daily activities of foreign human rights groups as well as overseas aid agencies.
The police will have a free hand in inserting themselves into the activities of NGOs. They will have the authority to enter offices, examine paper and computer records, bank accounts and to limit the amount of funds entering the country.
As well, the police will have the authority to cancel any activity, revoke permission to remain, detain workers and blacklist organizations that they deem to be disruptive to the government in Beijing.
In Mainland China, charitable and human rights groups can only exist at the government’s pleasure. To defy it risks imprisonment.
The authorities in China mean business when they threaten imprisonment. During this week of awarding Nobel Prizes for excellence in various categories, thoughts may turn to Liu Xiabo who received the Peace Prize in 2010. He was not allowed to travel to Norway to accept his prize.He has spent the past four years in prison and has another seven to face for the crime of “inciting subversion”. He criticised the PRC government on its record of human rights.
Liu Xiabo’s wife is currently being held in strict house arrest and is unable to confer with friends. She is allowed to visit her husband once a month.
Human Rights Watch has published its World Report 2016 which summarizes the situation in China for 2015. HRW view of the prospect for human rights in that country is bleak.
Ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for more than six decades, China remains an authoritarian state, one that systematically curtails a wide range of fundamental human rights, including freedom of expression, association, assembly, and religion. HRW
Canada’s prime minister recently paid a visit to China and among other issues an extradition treaty was broached. In late September, China’s prime minister visited Ottawa and it was expected that PM Trudeau and he would start preliminary talks. News of this has shocked and disappointed many Canadians given the present state of human rights in the PRC.
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