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The Official Secrets Act 1989 (Hong Kong) Order 1992

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13.—(1) In this Act—

“British national” means a British citizen, a British Overseas citizen, a British Dependent Territories citizen, a British National (Overseas) or a British protected person;

“disclose” and “disclosure”, in relation to a document or other article, include parting with possession of it;

“Governor” means the Governor of Hong Kong, the acting Governor and any Deputy to the Governor, and includes any person authorised by the Governor to perform any of his functions under this Act;

“Hong Kong permanent resident” has the meaning assigned to that term by section 2(1) of the Immigration Ordinance(1);

“international organisation” means, subject to subsections (2) and (3) below, an organisation of which only States or States and territories are members and includes a reference to any organ of such an organisation;

“prescribed” means prescribed by an order made by the Governor;

“State” includes the government of a State and any organ of its government;

“territory” means any territory, not being a State, outside Hong Kong.

(2) In section 12(2)(b) above the reference to an international organisation includes a reference to any such organisation whether or not one of which only States or States and territories are members and includes a commercial organisation.

(3) In determining for the purposes of subsection (1) above whether only States or States and territories are members of an organisation, any member which is itself an organisation of which only States are members, or which is an organ of such an organisation, shall be treated as a State.


Laws of Hong Kong, Cap. 115.

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