US Lawmakers to Introduce Legislation to Monitor Human Rights and Political Reform in Hong Kong

South China Morning Post

US congressman Chris Smith, chairman of the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on global human rights, has vowed to establish a Hong Kong Caucus to monitor human rights in the city.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Smith urged the Chinese government to show “leadership and restraint” in dealing with peaceful demonstrations entering their fourth day in the city, and urged Beijing to respect commitments it made guaranteeing autonomy and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong.

"At this time, leadership and restraint are needed to avoid unnecessary violence and protect Hong Kong’s Basic Law and its long-established traditions,” said Republican congressman Smith, who is also a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“The freedom genie cannot be stuffed neatly back into the communist bottle. Beijing can accept this fact, work within the promised ‘One Country, Two Systems Model,’ and be lauded for its leadership, or Beijing can use force and repression again to stifle peaceful dissent and reform, losing the trust of the people of Hong Kong, neighbouring countries, and the international community at large.”

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