CE signs anthem law

June 11, 2020

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today signed the National Anthem Ordinance passed by the Legislative Council in accordance with Article 48(3) of the Basic Law.


The ordinance will come into immediate effect after it is gazetted tomorrow.


Mrs Lam said: "Like the national flag and the national emblem, the national anthem is the symbol and sign of the nation. As an inalienable part of the People's Republic of China, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is duty-bound to preserve the dignity of the national anthem through legislation.


"I am pleased that the National Anthem Ordinance will be gazetted and come into effect tomorrow, signifying the fulfilment of the constitutional responsibility of the Hong Kong SAR and reflecting the spirit of 'one country, two systems'."


The ordinance provides for the playing and singing, protection and promotion of the national anthem to preserve the dignity of the country, enhance the sense of national identity among citizens and promote patriotism.


The offences stipulated in the ordinance only concern the misuse of the national anthem, or public and intentional acts with an intent to insult the national anthem.


"I hope that members of the public will respect the national anthem of their own volition, hence the promotion of the national anthem is of paramount importance.


“To let our next generation understand the history and spirit of the national anthem and to observe the etiquette for the playing and singing of the national anthem, the Education Bureau will update its learning and teaching resources and issue directions to schools through circulars to support schools in teaching students," Mrs Lam added.


The Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress passed the Law of the People's Republic of China on National Anthem on September 1, 2017, and added the Law to Annex III to the Basic Law on November 4 the same year.


According to Article 18 of the Basic Law, the national laws listed in Annex III to the Basic Law shall be applied locally by way of promulgation or legislation by the Hong Kong SAR.


Having regard to the common law system and actual circumstances in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong SAR Government decided to implement the National Anthem Law in the Hong Kong SAR by local legislation.


The National Anthem Bill was introduced into LegCo for the first and second readings in January 2019, and was passed by LegCo on June 4 this year.

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