In the update on the website Travel Canada said that as a result of the new legislation, which came into force on 1 July Canadians in Hong Kong “may be at heightened risk of arbitrary detention for reasons of national security and possible extradition to China.”
Meanwhile, global travel Advisory remains in place, which encourages Canadians to “avoid non-essential travel” outside of Canada “until further notice”.
The Agency issued an Advisory in March, in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
During the journey to Canada, said Canadians must also “exercise high degree of caution” in Hong Kong, due to “the ongoing large-scale demonstrations.”
“Political demonstrations of various sizes are held regularly in Hong Kong,” the site says. “They can quickly spread to the surrounding areas, including those frequented by tourists”.
The Agency warned that protesters and security forces clashed, warning that the police often “reacted more swiftly and firmly to unauthorized protests”.
“They used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition as a crowd control,” the Advisory reads.
Democratic protesters clashes with police in China review a controversial security bill
On Wednesday, demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong to March in opposition of the recently adopted legislation.
The demonstration coincided with the 23rd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China.
Chinese lawmakers has approved a controversial security act Tuesday. The legislation takes direct aim at some of the anti-government demonstrations last year, in the course of many of Beijing’s bold yet erase a legal firewall between the semi-Autonomous territory and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist party system.
The text indicates that those who destroy public institutions and utilities would be considered subversive. Damage to public transport and arson would constitute acts of terrorism.
Under the new law, anyone who takes part in separatist activities, or organizing or participating — is in violation of the law, regardless of whether violence is used.
National legislation on security issues has drawn criticism from the international community, including Canada.
In a joint statement on Tuesday, 26 Canada and other countries have expressed our concern in the UN Council on human rights.
In a statementthe signatories of the mentioned decision of China to adopt the law without the “direct involvement” of people in Hong Kong, the legislature and the judiciary “undermines the ‘one country, two systems”.
“We urge the Chinese and Hong Kong governments to reconsider the introduction of this law and to participate in the Hong Kong people, institutions and judicial system to prevent further erosion of the rights and freedoms that Hong Kong residents enjoy for many years”, – stated in the message.
The Leader Of Hong Kong Carrie Lam defended the legislation, saying that the decision was “necessary and timely to maintain the stability of Hong Kong.”
—With files from the associated Press
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