Sending Office: Honorable James P. McGovern
I urge you to take a moment today to speak out in support of autonomy, political reform and respect for fundamental human rights in Hong Kong.
On July 1, 1997, Britain transferred sovereignty over Hong Kong to China. Under a ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement with London, Beijing promised to allow universal suffrage as an ‘ultimate aim,’ along with other freedoms.
But twenty years later, that promise remains unfulfilled. Last March a new Chief Executive was elected, not by the people of Hong Kong, but by a committee whose members have close ties to the Chinese government. Human rights groups have documented an erosion
of press freedom and growing threats to judicial independence. Hong Kong’s freedoms are at grave risk.
Tomorrow, Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover.
Some protestors have already been detained — including Joshua Wong, who I’ve met, and newly elected legislator Nathan Law.
Please take a moment to make your voice heard on this critical issue.
Let’s send a strong message to Xi Jinping that the world is watching.
For background, please see the newest from the Congressional Research Service, “Hong Kong Marks 20th Anniversary of Handover to Chinese Sovereignty, and from Human Rights Watch,
“Letter from HRW to HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam.”
James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
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