China will punish anyone found guilty of secession, subversion and terrorism in Hong Kong to life in prison under the territory’s new national security law.
Details of the controversial new law released today reveal those found guilty of “colluding with foreign forces” will also face the harshest possible sentences.
It can also be used against people who are not permanent residents of Hong Kong and will ban anyone found guilty of the four crimes from standing in local elections, they added.
Critics have repeatedly expressed fears that the law will be used to target protesters and opposition politicians seen as disloyal to Beijing.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said China has “chosen to break their promises to the people of Hong Kong” and “go against their obligations to the international community” by pushing ahead with the legislation.
He previously urged China not to adopt the law and vowed to make it easier for the millions of people in Hong Kong who hold or are eligible for a British National Overseas Passport to become UK citizens.