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Hong Kong security law not 'harsh,' says lawyers' group chief

Law Society President Chan Chak-ming highlights lack of death penalty

Chan Chak-ming says he has a duty to "clarify" the misconception that the security law has undermined the rule of law in Hong Kong.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The head of a top Hong Kong lawyers' association believes the city's national security law is "not particularly harsh" compared to other jurisdictions.

In an interview with Nikkei Asia, Chan Chak-ming, president of the Law Society of Hong Kong, said that the national security law (NSL), enacted in June 2020 by China's National People's Congress, was in line with international practice.

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