January 30, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Mike Gallagher today introduced the Hong Kong Be Water Act to increase pressure on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to respect the basic liberties of those in Hong Kong as they protest their government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. This bill condemns the CCP’s past violations of Hong Kongers freedoms of speech, assembly, and demonstration, and calls for the imposition of Global Magnitsky sanctions and other financial penalties for those who have been complicit in violating the rights of those in Hong Kong. Senator Josh Hawley introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate last October. Click HERE for bill text.
“For months, the people of Hong Kong have courageously fought for basic freedoms only to be met with violent crackdowns,” said Rep. Gallagher. “As Hong Kongers continue to take to the streets – this time in protest of an incompetent response to the coronavirus outbreak – the United States should make clear to the Communist Party that our commitment to every Hong Konger’s right to freedom of speech, association, assembly, procession, and demonstration still stands.”
Since last June, Hong Kongers have protested CCP influence within their government. As Rep. Gallagher previously argued, Hong Kong “remains a test for the free world” and “we must help them seize this opportunity for a better future.”