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Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

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Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

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A bill to amend the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, and for other purposes.


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09/26/2019Committee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Risch with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
06/13/2019Introduced in Senate

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Date
09/26/2019Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 238.
Action By: Senate
09/26/2019Committee on Foreign Relations. Reported by Senator Risch with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
09/25/2019Committee on Foreign Relations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably.
06/13/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Action By: Senate

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Senate Foreign Relations06/13/2019 Referred to
09/25/2019 Markup by
09/26/2019 Reported by

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Introduced in Senate (06/13/2019)

Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

This bill directs various departments to assess whether political developments in Hong Kong justify changing Hong Kong's unique treatment under U.S. law.

Hong Kong is part of China but has a largely separate legal and economic system.

The Department of State shall report annually to Congress as to whether Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous from China to justify its unique treatment. The report shall assess whether China has eroded Hong Kong's civil liberties and rule of law as protected by Hong Kong's Basic Law.

The Department of Commerce shall report annually to Congress on China's efforts to use Hong Kong to evade U.S. export controls and sanctions.

The President shall provide Congress an assessment as to whether to withdraw from the U.S.-Hong Kong extradition treaty, and what actions are needed to protect U.S. citizens and national security interests, if Hong Kong (1) amends its laws to allow the rendition of individuals to countries that lack defendants' rights protections, or (2) passes a national security law.

The State Department shall allow otherwise qualified Hong Kong residents to obtain visas to work or study in the United States, even if the applicant had been arrested for participating in certain nonviolent protests supporting human rights or the rule of law.

The President shall report to Congress a list of individuals responsible for abducting and torturing people for exercising internationally recognized human rights in Hong Kong. The bill bars such individuals from entering the United States and imposes sanctions on them.