The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act on Tuesday afternoon, sending a clear rebuke to Beijing and reaffirming America’s support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
“Democrats and Republicans in the House and in the Senate stand united with the people of Hong Kong,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “If America does not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interest, then we lose all moral authority to speak out for human rights anyplace in the world.”
“Today the House is proud to pass the bicameral, bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act to reaffirm America’s commitment to democracy,” said the House Speaker.
CCP killer Guo Wengui said right after the passage, “Dear warrior friends! I am on my way to ….There is no doubt that the bill of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act has been passed. This historical bill gives us too much enlightenment.”
“Many of our 1.4 billion compatriots, including our warrior friends with the Expose Revolution, should have asked ourselves: why the 7.5 million people in Hong Kong have created such a history? We, the 1.4 billion Chinese, have never fought for ourselves like this.”
“Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people have levered the world. The 7.5 million people have paid with their lives and blood for an unprecedented HK Human Rights and Democracy Act in the history of the United States. The significance of this HK Human Rights and Democracy Act shall open the door to national legislative protection in the U.S.”
“Next, the protection of HK’s assets, the political protection of HK, the trade protection of HK and the protection of HK’s private property will happen one by one.”
“It can be said that Hong Kong people got the pass to the world. They have been recognized by the whole world. Hong Kongers, whether they give you the Five Demands or not, they have no choice.”
“Hong Kongers have become a group of people protected by law and respected by the world.This is the strength. This is action and courage. And this is a reward gifted by God!”
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
This bill directs various departments to assess whether political developments in Hong Kong justify changing Hong Kong’s unique treatment under U.S. law.
Hong Kong is part of China but has a largely separate legal and economic system.
The Department of State shall report annually to Congress as to whether Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous from China to justify its unique treatment.
The report shall assess whether China has eroded Hong Kong’s civil liberties and rule of law as protected by Hong Kong’s Basic Law.
The Department of Commerce shall report annually to Congress on China’s efforts to use Hong Kong to evade U.S. export controls and sanctions.
The President shall provide Congress an assessment as to whether to withdraw from the U.S.-Hong Kong extradition treaty, and what actions are needed to protect U.S. citizens and national security interests, if Hong Kong (1) amends its laws to allow the rendition of individuals to countries that lack defendants’ rights protections, or (2) passes a national security law.
The State Department shall allow otherwise qualified Hong Kong residents to obtain visas to work or study in the United States, even if the applicant had been arrested for participating in certain nonviolent protests supporting human rights or the rule of law.
The President shall report to Congress a list of individuals responsible for abducting and torturing people for exercising internationally recognized human rights in Hong Kong.
The bill bars such individuals from entering the United States and imposes sanctions on them.
Source: U.S. House of Representative