Sending Office: Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China
Support the People of Hong Kong;
Co-Sponsor H.R. 4270, the PROTECT Hong Kong Act!
We are writing to ask you to cosponsor H.R. 4270, the Placing Restrictions On Teargas Exports and Crowd Control Technology to Hong Kong Act – the PROTECT Hong Kong Act – to prohibit U.S. commercial exports of certain nonlethal crowd control
items and defense articles and services to the Hong Kong Police Force.
In recent months, journalists and Hong Kong citizens have provided credible evidence showing that the Hong Kong Police Force has used tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, batons, and other crowd control equipment against peaceful protesters in violation
of manufacturer guidelines and international standards. In at least some instances, U.S.-made crowd control equipment was involved.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and human rights organizations have called for an investigation into whether crowd control tactics in Hong Kong fall short of international standards, including the United Nations Code of Conduct for
Law Enforcement Officials and the Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms for Law Enforcement Officials.
The United Kingdom has suspended export licenses for the sale of tear gas and other nonlethal crowd control equipment to Hong Kong until concerns about human rights are addressed. The European Parliament adopted a resolution expressing concerns and calling
on the international community to take actions to address the police violence in Hong Kong. Amnesty International also strongly supports the PROTECT Hong Kong Act.
On August 2, 2019, we sent a
letter to the Trump Administration calling for the suspension of future sales of munitions and crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong Police Force and increased scrutiny of any direct commercial sale of defense articles to the Government of the Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region.
If you have any questions or would like to join us in cosponsoring the PROTECT Hong Kong Act please contact Jon Stivers with Rep. Jim McGovern at
Jonathan.Stivers@mail.house.gov or Piero Tozzi with Rep. Chris Smith at
James P. McGovern Christopher H. Smith Ro Khanna
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