Connect with us

Foreign

Hong Kong mask ban temporarily returns as court reviews law

Published

on

Hong Kong mask ban temporarily returns as court reviews law

Hong Kong’s High Court on Friday said it would extend the law banning masks at demonstrations for seven days.


A local media reported that the law is being reviewed under appeal following a surprise interjection from Beijing earlier this week.

The ban was enacted by Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam, in October after she controversially invoked emergency powers from a colonial-era law in an attempt to stop mass demonstrations.

Under the ban, the Police have the right to ask protesters to remove their masks, which have become a common accessory at protests, or face up to one year in prison and a fine of up to 25,000 Hong Kong dollars ($3,187).

On Monday, the High Court ruled that the ban was unconstitutional under Hong Kong’s Basic Law, its mini-constitution, only for Beijing’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) to thwart their decision.

In a rare move, the NPCSC said on Tuesday it was the only body that could decide constitutional matters in the former British colony, prompting a backlash from the Hong Kong legal community.

While Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 it was promised semi-autonomy until 2047.

Concerns about that autonomy and fears over Beijing’s interference have fuelled mass demonstrations since June after the government attempted to push through a law that would have allowed residents to stand trial in mainland China.

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed/Abdulfatah Babatunde
(NAN)

Hadiza Mohammed: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

Rotary organises free hepatitis, liver screening for Abuja community Senate lauds Buhari’s assent to amended CAMA bill COVID-19: Nigeria strengthens surveillance to curb spread – WHO Condolences: Ekiti Assembly describes Fakiyesi, former lawmaker as an epitome of humility, openness ExxonMobil Nigeria gets new chief executive Cleric tasks religious leaders on establishing youth skills centres Banditry: NASS lauds army operations in North West Cricket: 150 participants expected at beginners course for umpires, scorers Nasarawa bye-election: Voters use face masks, observe social distancing, laud process Enugu govt urges proper exclusive breastfeeding habit Lawyer advocates attitudinal change toward local products Youths protest incessant killings in southern Kaduna Hit and run driver kills man in Ibadan — OYRTMA boss Lebanese vent rage against their leaders after blast; protesters gather Groups commend UN over adoption of resolution on protection of young people NGO holds choral performance to enlighten public on climate change Climate activists occupy power stations in Berlin and Mannheim Ngige at 68: NLC describes him as great man COVID-19: 87 stranded Nigerians arrive from Sudan Safety compliance: LASWA nabs 8 erring ferry operators Ekiti Speaker condoles with Fakiyesi’s family over death of former lawmaker Association plans massive rubber plantation, urges FG’s intervention Traditional leader says vigilance groups key to effective security KWSG assures traditional rulers of better welfare WAEC: Kano Govt sets up 12 examination centres for boarding students Tokyo Olympics: Non-contact sports to resume training in PH – Minister Amotekun commander solicits Ondo monarchs’, residents’ support Actualising Life’s dreams entails strong determination, says Nollywood actor National gas transportation network code to go-live Monday — Official Mauritius declares state of emergency on environment after oil spill United States imposes sanctions on Central African rebel leader Lebanese judge orders detention of top officials after port blast FG evacuates 325 more Nigerians from United States in 6th special flight Italy extends coronavirus restrictions, allows cruise ships to sail Cuba keeps Havana airport closed as coronavirus cases spike Nigeria: NCDC announces 443 new COVID-19 cases, total infections now 45,687 United States stimulus talks collapse, setting stage for Trump executive orders Devastated Sarri says he can’t be judged on basis of one match American golfer disqualified from PGA Championship after scoring error Ronaldinho inches closer to release from Paraguayan ordeal Edo polls: U.S expresses worry over deteriorating political climate, security interference 2020: China interfering against Trump, Russia against Biden — report NOSDRA, Agip investigate oil leak at Azuzuama, Bayelsa Environmental group urges African governments to rise against COVID-19, Climate and Health crises Police arrest suspects for criminal offenses, kill 1 in Niger Chelsea’s Kante ruled fit against Bayern-Lampard Gattuso says his Napoli are not just about grit and growls UCL: Ronaldo brace not enough as Olympique Lyon knock out Juventus UCL:Man City eliminate Real Madrid after Varane nightmare Resumption: Kogi govt. tasks heads of schools on conducive environment