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Hong Kong: alarm over proposed law that could ban anyone from leaving

Barristers say proposal would give head of immigration ‘unfettered power’ to stop people leaving the city without any court process

The influential Hong Kong Bar Association has spoken out against a government proposal that could give “apparently unfettered power” to the immigration director to stop anyone leaving the city.

The Hong Kong Bar Association (HKBA) expressed alarm on Friday in a paper submitted to the city’s legislative council about the proposed law, which could bar any individual – whether resident or not – from boarding a carrier out of the financial hub.

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