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BBC News 1 Jul 2020

Millions in Hong Kong to gain rights to live and work in UK


Up to 3 million people in Hong Kong are to be granted new rights to live and work in the UK. The decision follows China's imposition of a new security law which makes it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority.

Boris Johnson denounced the legislation as a "clear and serious breach" of the 1985 Sino-British joint declaration, which set out how certain freedoms would be protected for 50 years after China took over sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from China Correspondent John Sudworth.

People in Hong Kong have been voting in an unofficial referendum.
They are deciding whether to stage a strike over a controversial national security law that China's government wants to impose on the territory.
Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown reports.
Healthcare workers and experts from mainland China are in Hong Kong for the first time to help battle its coronavirus outbreak.
Up to 60 healthcare professionals will be part of a team based in the territory's first makeshift hospital.
Hospitals and testing centres were already reaching capacity,before plans were announced to test all 7.5 million people living there.
But, as Al Jazeera's Divya Gopalan reports, their arrival is also causing concern.
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that the government will "vigorously implement" a controversial new national security law imposed on the semi-autonomous Chinese territory by Beijing last week. The new legislation targets what authorities in mainland China define as secession, subversion,terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Those violating the law could face up to life in prison. "I forewarn those radicals not to attempt to violate this law, or cross the red line, because theconsequences of breaching this law are very serious," Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam told a press conference Tuesday.
The new law has drawn international condemnation for jeopardizing Hong Kong's civil liberties enshrined under the "one country, two systems" framework, including freedom of speech and assembly. There is widespread concern that crackdowns on public dissent and free speech, similar to what is seen in mainland China, will soon be carried out in Hong Kong under the law.
Late Monday ahead of Lam's press conference, additional details of the security law were issued by the city government detailing the measures the Hong Kong police forces can take to implement the legislation. These include the sweeping authority to seize electronic devices and enterproperty without a warrant under "exceptional circumstances." Police can also freeze assets and confiscate property if there are "reasonable grounds" to suspect items are connected to offenses "endangering national security."
Voters in Hong Kong are casting their ballots to narrow the field of Democratic candidates who will run in an upcoming election.
Hong Kong's opposition camp has set up polling booths across the city for primary elections aimed at selecting pro-democracy candidates to run in the Legislative Council elections in September.
Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke reports.

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