Open Doors USA Says China’s Increased Control Over Hong Kong is ‘Concerning’

The head of a human rights group that monitors Christian persecution worldwide has expressed concern over news that the People’s Republic of China has enacted new security legislation over the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong.

Recently, China passed “national security” legislation aimed at cracking down on sedition and other subversive acts against the Communist government in Beijing.

It also allows for Chinese state security agencies to operate in the city, drawing concerns by many Hong Kong will experience a loss of autonomy and civil liberties that have existed since 1997.

David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA, a Christian persecution watchdog group, had traveled to Hong Kong last year and saw back then what he described as “the strong influence of China on media censorship.”

“That paired with strong military presence raises my concerns that the people of Hong Kong are losing the independence they have previously known,” Curry explained to The Christian Post.

Regarding the most recent steps taken by Beijing, Curry told CP that he found the new measures troubling, both for the general population and the city’s Christian community.

“It’s concerning, when you consider how much surveillance and pressure is being put on the church of China, to see Hong Kong Christians facing these same restrictions,” said Curry.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski