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World US Senate unanimously passes bill backing human rights in Hong Kong

04:16  20 november  2019
04:16  20 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The lawmakers also approved a measure that would ban the sale of tear gas, rubber bullets and other equipment that has been used by security forces to suppress the protests that have rocked Hong Kong for months.

The bill , the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, was introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jim The bill mandates that the president impose sanctions against people found to be violating human rights in Hong Kong . It would also require the State

a group of people lying on the ground: Police detain protesters and students after they attempted to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus and from police in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 19 © Nicolas ASFOURI Police detain protesters and students after they attempted to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus and from police in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 19

The US Senate unanimously adopted legislation on Tuesday supporting "human rights and democracy" in Hong Kong and threatening to revoke its special economic status, signaling anger with Beijing about a crackdown on protests in the Chinese territory.

The lawmakers also approved a measure that would ban the sale of tear gas, rubber bullets and other equipment that has been used by security forces to suppress the protests that have rocked Hong Kong for months.

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The " Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" now goes to the House, which earlier approved its own version of the measure. The U . S . Senate , in a unanimous vote, passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid China's crackdown on a

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 is a bicameral and bipartisan American legislation that reintroduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in light of the 2019

China had expressed its "strong indignation" last month when the US House of Representatives passed a similar measure.

The Senate's Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would require the US president to annually review the favourable trade status that Washington grants to Hong Kong.

It also mandates sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials who commit human rights abuses including "extrajudicial rendition."

This summer's protests in which millions marched were sparked by a now-abandoned attempt to allow extraditions from Hong Kong to the authoritarian mainland.

The Senate "sent a clear message to Hong Kongers fighting for their long-cherished freedoms: We hear you, we continue to stand with you and we will not stand idly by as Beijing undermines your autonomy," Republican Senator Marco Rubio said.

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The Senate in the United States , in a unanimous vote, passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid increasing violence in the Chinese-ruled city, which has been wracked by protests since June. The " Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" now

The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday aimed at supporting protesters in Hong Kong and warning China against a violent suppression of the ”The United States has treated commerce and trade with Hong Kong differently than it has commercial and trade activity with the mainland of China

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Passage of the bill marks "an important step in holding accountable those Chinese and Hong Kong government officials responsible for Hong Kong's eroding autonomy and human rights violations."

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, Robert Menendez, added that the legislation "makes it clear that the US will stand firmly and unambiguously with the legitimate aspirations of the people of Hong Kong."

The protests and the resulting crackdowns have turned parts of Hong Kong into violent battlegrounds for weeks. On Tuesday protesters occupying a university defied warnings to surrender, as skirmishes between police and demonstrators continued.

The Senate bill updates the original Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.

Senator Ben Cardin noted how Hong Kong has enjoyed a special economic status for years, one that relied on authorities "protecting democracy and human rights" in the territory.

"That was the commitment. And if they don't comply with that, the special status should no longer be available," Cardin said.

The House and Senate will now harmonise the texts into a single bill to pass Congress and go to President Donald Trump's desk for his signature.

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