The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution condemning China’s “human rights violations” and undermining fundamental rights and freedoms in Hong Kong.
The resolution, which was passed by vote, condemns actions by the Chinese government, claiming that they violate the fundamental rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents and undermine their high levels of autonomy.
“Today the House sent a strong message by passing resolutions calling for an end to human rights abuses in China. The House will always fight on a bipartisan basis for freedom of religion and culture in Tibet and for the rule of law in Hong Kong,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The resolution also advises the United States, among other things, to coordinate with allies to respond to developments in Hong Kong by giving Hong Kong residents, who are well-founded fears of persecution, the opportunity to emigrate from the region.
The resolution alleges that such Chinese actions undermine their credibility within the international community, and urges Beijing and the Hong Kong government to refrain from implementing this law or to take action that wholes or wholesalers the rights of Hong Kong residents partially restrict or restrict as stipulated in the Joint Declaration and in the Basic Law.
The resolution calls on the President, Foreign Ministers and Finance Ministers to coordinate with allies and partners to respond to developments in Hong Kong, including through the appointment of a United Nations Special Representative for Hong Kong and the expansion of the UN’s mandate. Special Envoy Rapporteur to Improve Monitoring and Reporting of Chinese Policy in Hong Kong.
“The Chinese government must be held accountable for its appalling human rights violations,” said Congressman Chris Pappas.
“This bipartisan resolution sends an important message: the United States rejects China’s continued human rights violations, stands by those who were persecuted and will hold China accountable for actions that undermine fundamental rights and freedoms,” he said.
Congressman Bill Pascrell said the people of Hong Kong are crying out for the rights to human dignity and freedom that are only guaranteed under democracy.
“Their valor has inspired the world and their voices can never be silenced,” said Pascrell, a sharp critic of China’s humanitarian crimes.
“The cowardly silence of Donald Trump and his chief diplomat Mike Pompeo on the atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party was a betrayal of the democratic values of the United States. But the people of the United States will always stand for freedom. And today the People’s House again clearly stands with the Hong Kong people, “he said.
China denies the restriction of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong. The authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing have made quick efforts to quell dissent after anti-government protests erupted in June last year, plunging the city into crisis.