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US Lawmakers Condemn HK Officials for Placing Bounties on Activists

U.S. Committee’s Strong Stance

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The U.S. House Committee on the Chinese Communist Party has issued a stern condemnation of the Hong Kong authorities. This response comes after bounties were placed on five pro-democracy activists, including one American, signaling a serious escalation in political repression.

Bipartisan Disapproval

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In a united front, Reps. Mike Gallagher and Raja Krishnamoorthi, leading members of the committee, expressed their disapproval. They criticized the intimidation tactics used against U.S. citizens and residents engaged in peaceful political activism.

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Targeting Overseas Activists

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Hong Kong authorities have taken the controversial step of issuing bounties on five overseas activists. This action, citing violations of the CCP-imposed national security law, has raised significant international concern.

Congress Urged to Act

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The committee has called on Congress to urgently address the CCP’s transnational repression. They emphasize the need for immediate action to counter these aggressive moves by the CCP and Hong Kong officials.

Advocating for Sanctions

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The House committee strongly advocates for sanctions against the CCP. They aim to hold responsible those officials who are instrumental in the imposition of these unjust bounties.

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An American Activist’s Alarm

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Joey Siu, a U.S.-based activist and citizen, has voiced her alarm at being targeted by these measures. She highlights the far-reaching impact of the national security law and its chilling effect on activism.

State Department’s Strong Words

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The U.S. State Department has come forward with strong condemnation of Hong Kong’s actions. Their criticism is directed at the so-called “bounty list” targeting pro-democracy activists overseas.

International Norms Disregarded

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State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller expressed concern at the news briefing. He criticized Hong Kong authorities for blatantly disregarding international norms, democracy, and human rights.

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Global Response

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British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has responded to the situation. He has directed officials in Hong Kong, Beijing, and London to address this issue with the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities as a matter of urgency.

Labeling Activists as Fugitives

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In a significant move, the Hong Kong authorities labeled five dissidents as fugitives in July. These individuals are accused of continuing to endanger national security, even while overseas.

Freedom in Decline

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Since the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong in 2020, there has been a marked decline in the city’s freedoms. This includes the suppression of protests and imprisonment of pro-democracy activists.

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Support from U.S. Legislation

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The U.S. Congress has shown its support for Hong Kong activists by passing significant legislation. These laws, including the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, are designed to uphold the city’s autonomy and support the rights of its people.

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