How to Thwart Digital Surveillance
The new national security law imposed on Hong Kong today by the Chinese government will likely be devastating to human rights in Hong Kong, and the United States government should react immediately, forcefully, and in full coordination with allies and partners, said Human Rights First.
The sweeping new law threatens the basic rights of all of Hong Kong’s people, including freedoms of speech and assembly. Among other provisions, the new law profoundly undermines the city’s independent judiciary. Hong Kong’s chief executive will now be able to handpick which judges hear security cases, and where the new security law conflicts with existing Hong Kong law, the new law will prevail.
Digital surveillance of activists is likely to increase after the introduction of the law, and Human Rights First is publishing a short guide to avoiding digital surveillance, available in English and in Chinese.