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Beijing fires back at criticism over its contentious security law for Hong Kong; accuses Canada and other western countries for meddling 'under the pretext of human rights.' Earlier story for context:

Hong Kong's fate shows China's true authoritarianism so the rest of the world should stand up to President Xi Jinping and start to put human rights above financial gain, pro-democracy activist @nathanlawkc  tells @Reuters 

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At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva two positions were presented to oppose or support China's Hong Kong policy. One, supported by 27 countries, was read by the UK, the other, on behalf of 53 countries, by Cuba. Interesting question: Where do EU member states stand?

@SecPompeo : The CCP implemented its draconian national security law on Hong Kong, in violation of the commitments it made to the Hong Kong people and the U.K., in a U.N.-registered treaty – and in contravention of Hong Kongers’ human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Taiwan is establishing itself as a regional power and protector of human rights as it offers aid to Hong Kong.

Two of the European Union’s most powerful individuals said Thursday that the 27-nation bloc will continue to discuss human rights and the rule of law with China after Beijing imposed a new security law on Hong Kong.

The coronavirus has hardly slowed China’s assault on fundamental freedoms and human rights, from the brutal repression of the Uighurs to choking off Hong Kong’s limited autonomy

The 1st person was prosecuted under China's new security law in Hong Kong — a 23yo accused of crashing a bike into police, waving a pro-independence flag. 10 have already been arrested under the law, which has a max. life sentence and the UN says may "undermine human rights."

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Congress has cleared legislation that would require U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials violating human rights in Hong Kong while also threatening penalties on foreign banks that support Beijing’s crackdown on the island territory

Hong Kong’s status as an autonomous region that respected the rule of law and protected human rights helped make the city a capital of international finance, writes Michael C. Davis. This achievement is now at risk.

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We need to act on the tragedy unfolding in Hong Kong. Why is President Trump giving the Chinese Communist Party a free hand? @senatemajldr  McConnell: Why have you buried the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in your legislative graveyard?

The police violence against protestors in Hong Kong is unacceptable. We must support these brave individuals standing against Chinese Communist Party tyranny and pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

Troubled by the ongoing violence in Hong Kong. The overwhelming majority of HK citizens aspire for greater political freedom—it’s time for Leader McConnell to allow a vote on the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.

The protesters throughout #HongKong  have demonstrated extraordinary bravery in defense of their freedom. I have cosponsored S.1838, the 'Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act,' to support them. I urge the Senate to pass this bill and #StandWithHongKong .

?The Senate unanimously passes the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. As the author of the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 who has advocated for Hong Kong for decades, I am proud to stand with the protestors and hold China accountable.

The U.S. Senate has now joined the House of Representatives in passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The people of #HongKong  have woken up to the news that both branches of the U.S. Congress stand with you in your fight for democracy and the rule of law.

Calling on all sides to deescalate violence and for Senator McConnell to have an immediate vote on the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

I flew to Hong Kong to release @hrw ’s new World Report. This year it describes how the Chinese government is undermining the international human rights system. But the authorities just blocked my entrance to Hong Kong, illustrating the worsening problem.

Every American has the right to voice their support for democracy and human rights for Hong Kong. Full stop.

Every day, I’m inspired by the heroism of the countless protestors in Hong Kong working to advance the cause of democracy and human rights. Their bravery is reminding the world of the power of nonviolent action.

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