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116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. RES. 974


Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Hong Kong national security law proposed by the Government of the People’s Republic of China would violate the obligations of that Government under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic Law, and calling upon all free countries of the world to stand with the people of Hong Kong.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 22, 2020

Mr. Gallagher (for himself, Ms. Cheney, Mr. Yoho, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Hurd of Texas, Mr. Kinzinger, Mr. Banks, Mr. Riggleman, Mr. Reschenthaler, Mr. Roy, Mr. Hill of Arkansas, Mr. Van Drew, Mr. Mullin, Mr. Perry, Mr. Posey, Mr. Wright, and Mr. Weber of Texas) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Hong Kong national security law proposed by the Government of the People’s Republic of China would violate the obligations of that Government under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic Law, and calling upon all free countries of the world to stand with the people of Hong Kong.

    Whereas the Government of the People’s Republic of China has proposed a new national security law for Hong Kong that would ban secession, subversion of state power, and foreign interference, as defined by the Government of the People’s Republic of China;

    Whereas if it is passed, the Government of the People’s Republic of China should be expected to use this law to justify and facilitate an expanded crackdown against peaceful protests and other forms of nonviolent protest by the people of Hong Kong;

    Whereas this proposed law constitutes a significant escalation in the campaign by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and its proxies in Hong Kong to erase the basic liberties and human rights promised to the people of Hong Kong under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic Law;

    Whereas the announcement by the Government of the People’s Republic of China of its intent to pass this new national security law reflects that Government’s fundamental opposition not only to the basic rights and liberties of free persons championed by the people of Hong Kong and the United States, but also to upholding its obligations under international law; and

    Whereas the efforts by the Government of the People’s Republic of China to silence peaceful protestors in Hong Kong are part and parcel of a broader hegemonic vision that would see the Government of the People’s Republic of China impose its will upon all free people of Asia and beyond: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—

(1) the Hong Kong national security law proposed by the Government of the People’s Republic of China would violate the legal obligations of that Government under—

(A) the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which guarantees for 50 years the protection of the basic rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong, including those of speech, press, assembly, association, travel, movement, correspondence, and strike; and

(B) the Hong Kong Basic Law, which reserves the authority for enacting laws prohibiting treason, secession, sedition, subversion, and foreign interference to the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; and

(2) the United States Government should use all diplomatic means available, including targeted sanctions, to—

(A) dissuade the Government of the People’s Republic of China from passing the proposed Hong Kong national security law;

(B) compel the Government of the People’s Republic of China to rescind the proposed Hong Kong national security law, if it is passed; and

(C) rally all free nations to stand with the people of Hong Kong against increasingly severe violations by the Government of the People’s Republic of China of the rights and liberties guaranteed to them under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic Law.


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