Sri Lanka – National Security Law in Hong Kong, restriction of freedoms and a strategy to increase influence

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China always seeks to establish itself as a worldwide power with a strategic presence, despite internal and external pressures, and sharp criticism of some of the measures and acts it has implemented to increase its influence over some cities and regions is considered to be part of it. Hong Kong’s National Security Law (NSL) is a good example of that; where organizations and countries considered it as persecution of freedoms and created a landscape increasingly devoid of human rights protections according to Amnesty International in a new research briefing released in June 2021, exactly one year after the Beijing-imposed legislation took effect. On the other hand, supporters of the law see that it falls within the internal policies of China, as Hong Kong is a part of it, and therefore it has the right to impose the laws to protect its security, noting that external pressures in this regard are only for goals completely far from those declared, and related to the competition for control of the region between a group of major powers.

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