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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan resolution on Friday (Feb. 19) condemning the CCP government and the Hong Kong government for their violations of human rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, the Epoch Times reported on Feb. 20.
Lead sponsors of the Hong Kong resolution include House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Greg Meeks and the panel’s ranking Republican, Rep. Michael McCaul.
Specifically, the resolution introduced Friday encourages the administration of President Joe Biden to work with other countries to hold the CCP government accountable through multilateral forums and to ensure that U.S. companies are aware of the risks that the CCP’s version of national security law poses to U.S. security, citizens and long-term business interests.
The resolution has no specific sanctions and amounts to an opinion on behalf of Congress.
The U.S. Congress has recently been increasingly calling on the Biden administration to urge CCP leaders to respect human rights, with Friday’s resolution being one of them.
House members reintroduced a cross-bipartisan bill Thursday (18th) that would ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region unless it is proven that they are not produced by forced labor, while allowing the U.S. government to impose further sanctions on CCP officials who mistreat Uighurs in Xinjiang.
A national security law imposed on Hong Kong by the CCP authorities in June 2020 is a blunt instrument to stifle dissidents, curb media freedom and restrict other freedoms in Hong Kong. The “Hong Kong version of national security law” requires stricter regulation and supervision of the media.
When sovereignty over Hong Kong was transferred to China in 1997, what the CCP authorities promised was that the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong would remain intact in accordance with the transfer of power agreement.
But since the introduction of the “Hong Kong version of the National Security Law,” many prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and politicians have been arrested, and even some songs and slogans have been banned, as well as any school activities that might be considered political.
Source: The Epoch Times