US Congress introduces the Hong Kong Sanctions Act – JURIST

Three US representatives launched the Hong Kong Sanctions Act to the US Congress on Thursday. Two US senators additionally launched companion laws.

The Hong Kong Sanctions Act requires the US president to find out inside six months whether or not 49 authorities officers, judges and prosecutors needs to be the topic of sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 and the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Notably, the record of doubtless sanctionable people consists of the Secretary for Justice Paul Lam Ting-kwok, the Secretary Normal of the Committee for Safeguarding Nationwide Safety of Hong Kong Particular Administrative Area Sonny Au Chi-kwong and the Chief Justice of the Courtroom of Ultimate Attraction Andrew Cheung Kui-nung.

Focusing on Hong Kong’s judiciary, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) added, “[S]ince the 2019-2020 crackdown, the judiciary in Hong Kong has change into an instrument of the CCP to focus on harmless civilians.” Congresswoman Younger Kim (R-CA) additionally cited Jimmy Lai‘s case for example of the Chinese language authorities’s efforts to exert management on Hong Kong below the guise of nationwide safety.

The spokesperson for the Hong Kong authorities reiterated that safeguarding nationwide safety falls inside the inside affairs of a sovereign jurisdiction. The Hong Kong authorities additional reprimanded the representatives and senators for his or her try to intimidate Hong Kong officers safeguarding nationwide safety. The Hong Kong Judiciary additionally issued a press release refusing the allegations towards them and contending that they proceed to train judicial energy independently as offered by the Fundamental Legislation. In responding to the potential sanctions, the judiciary affirmed that “all [Judges and Judicial Officers] train judicial energy independently, and can proceed to abide by the Judicial Oath and firmly discharge their responsibility within the administration of justice with out worry from intimidation.”

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