A recent Canadian Advisory notes that on August 1, 2021, the Immigration (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 in Hong Kong came into force.
Hong Kong authorities may prevent specific individuals from leaving the territory. In the absence of clarifying legislation, these new powers may relate to investigations into an individual, their family or an employer, and criminal and civil matters.
You may not be aware that you are the subject of movement restrictions until you try to leave Hong Kong. It may be difficult to obtain information on movement restrictions from local authorities.
On August 5, the State Department also announced the “safe haven” for Hong Kongers through the Deferred Enforced Departure for Hong Kong residents in the United States.
At the end of June 2020, the People’s Republic of China imposed the sweeping National Security Law on Hong Kong, further undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy. Over the course of this crackdown, Beijing and Hong Kong authorities have arbitrarily delayed scheduled elections, disqualified lawmakers, undermined press freedom, and arrested more than 10,000 people. The PRC has fundamentally altered the bedrock of Hong Kong’s institutions and suppressed freedoms of Hong Kongers. Despite widespread demonstrations, which brought millions together to call for greater freedom, Hong Kong’s promise of democracy has dimmed. Today, President Biden directed Deferred Enforced Departure for Hong Kong residents in the United States for 18 months, joining our partners and allies in offering safe haven should residents fear returning to Hong Kong.
In the face of PRC and Hong Kong authorities’ attempts to stifle democratic aspirations, we will take action. We will continue to stand up for the human rights and freedoms guaranteed to people in Hong Kong by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. Today we send a clear message that the United States resolutely stands with people in Hong Kong.
See White House memorandum.
We will continue to stand up for the human rights and freedoms guaranteed to people in HK by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. Today we send a clear message that the United States resolutely stands with people in HK. Details – https://t.co/Bj7g46wbiS pic.twitter.com/Oisx92redS
— US Con HK & Macau (@USAinHKMacau) August 6, 2021
Canadians in #HongKong: the Immigration (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 came into force on August 1. Under this amendment, individuals, including foreigners, might be unable to leave the territory.
Full details here: https://t.co/XdMXOTyXFZ pic.twitter.com/BXqTa5lXwX
— Travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) August 4, 2021
Beijing slams US ‘safe haven’ offer to Hongkongers as ‘plot to stir up trouble’ https://t.co/rzCF6F1c3a
— South China Morning Post (@SCMPNews) August 6, 2021
Hong Kong residents who qualify for the program will be granted a work permit for 18 months and a reprieve from deportation https://t.co/MTGxIjnswZ
— WSJ China Real Time (@ChinaRealTime) August 6, 2021
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