Human rights in Macau

Human Rights In Macau

Human rights in Macau

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Human rights in Macau refers to the situation in Macau that reflects its status as a former Portuguese possession that reverted to Chinese administration in 1999. As a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Macau enjoys a high degree of autonomy, except in defense and foreign affairs, and its citizens have basic freedoms and enjoy legally protected rights. The Macau Basic Law is the SAR's constitution, promulgated by PRC's National People's Congress (NPC) in 1993. The 1987 Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the Basic Law specify that the SAR is to continue to enjoy substantial autonomy and its economic system and way of life are to remain unchanged for the first 50 years under PRC sovereignty. The government is led by a chief executive, chosen by a 300-member election committee, which, in turn, is chosen by a preparatory committee composed of 60 SAR and 40 mainland representatives appointed by the NPC. In August, the committee re-elected Edmund Ho to a second term as chief executive. The most recent legislative elections were in 2001, when voters elected ten of the legislature's 27 members in direct elections based on geographical constituencies. Interest groups in functional constituencies elected ten others, and the chief executive appointed the remaining seven members. There are limits on the types of bills that may be initiated by individual members of the legislature. The judiciary is independent.

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