Macau national security law

Maintenance of National Security Law (維護國家安全法)
Regional Emblem of Macau.svg
Emblem of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
Legislative Assembly of Macau
Citation Law 2 of 2009
Enacted by Legislative Assembly of Macau
Passed 25 February 2009
Signed 26 February 2009
Signed by Edmund Ho Hau Wah
Commenced 2 March 2009
Effective 3 March 2009
Criminal Procedure Code
Status: In force
Macau national security law
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 維護國家安全法
Simplified Chinese 维护国家安全法
Literal meaning Protecting national security law
Portuguese name
Portuguese Lei relativa à defesa da segurança do Estado
Demonstration against the Article 23 law in Macau

The Macau's national security law (Chinese: 維護國家安全法, Portuguese: Lei relativa à defesa da segurança do Estado) is a law in Macau which prohibits and punishes acts of "treason, secession, and subversion" against the Central government, as well as "preparatory acts" leading to any of the three acts. Taken into effect on 3 March 2009, the purpose of the law is to fulfil Article 23 of the Macau Basic Law, the de facto constitution of the Macau Special Administration Region.[1][2][3] Macau National Security Law has been in force for eleven years, and the National Security Law has not been used. [4]

History [ edit ]

According to the Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda da Rosa Silva Chan, drafting began in 2004, taking into account examples from Portugal and Italy.[5] Until 1999, Macau was a colony of Portugal. The draft was released on 22 October 2008. It proposed to ban treason, attempts to overthrow the Chinese government and theft of national secrets. Some of the proposed offenses carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail.[6]

Response to drafting of the law [ edit ]

Edmund Ho, Chief Executive of Macau, said in a press conference that the bill targets "serious criminal behavior" and will not limit protests or criticism of Beijing. He further said "Chanting a few slogans, writing a few articles criticizing the central government or the Macau government, these activities won't be regulated by this proposed law."[6] Macau Legislator Au Kam-san said "We don't want to see any mainland style national security law. It would be acceptable to enact a law based on the Johannesburg Principles.[7]

Political commentator Larry So Man-yum said the legislation would do well in Macau given residents' patriotism and their lack of awareness about civil rights. "There will be absolutely no problem. Compared to Hongkongers, Macau people have high levels of acceptance for the central government. No "Broomhead" will emerge in Macau."[7] In 2003, Secretary for Security Regina Ip was nicknamed "Broomhead" for attempting to sell Article 23 in Hong Kong.[7] The Hong Kong government on 22 October responded with having no plan to embark on the legislation, adding its most pressing commitments are economic and livelihood issues.[8]

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "National Security Law Promulgated in Macao". People's Daily. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  2. ^ England, Vaudine (3 March 2009). "Macau Law a 'Bad Example' for HK". BBC News. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People' s Republic of China [Unofficial translation]". Archived from the original on 5 February 2012 – via Government Printing Bureau.
  4. ^ "Macao National Security Law".
  5. ^ "Macau Announces New Security Law". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Macau Unveils Proposed National Security Bill". The Standard. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  7. ^ a b c Fox Yi Hu (21 October 2008). "Edmund Ho to Head Talks on Enacting Security Law". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  8. ^ "HK Has No Plan to Legislate Article 23". 22 October 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2020.

Bibliography [ edit ]

  • Godinho, Jorge A. F. (2008), "The Regulation of Article 23 of the Macau Basic Law: A Commentary of the Draft Law on the Protection of State Security [O artigo 23 da Lei Basica de Macau. Comentario a proposta de lei de proteccao da seguranca do Estado]", SSRN Electronic Journal (in English, Portuguese, and Chinese), doi:10.2139/ssrn.1303245, SSRN 1303245. Includes English translation of most of the draft law.

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