US House passes Hong Kong rights bills

first_imgThe House sentthe bills to the White House after voting 417 to 1 for the “Hong Kong HumanRights and Democracy Act,” which the Senate passed unanimously on Tuesday. WASHINGTON –The United States’ (US) House of Representatives on Wednesday passed two billsto back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China about human rights. A protester is escorted by a medical staff out of a university in Hong Kong, China on Nov. 20. REUTERS/ADNAN ABIDI Demonstratorshave protested for over five months in the streets at what they see as Chinesemeddling in the freedoms promised to Hong Kong when Britain handed it back toChina in 1997. center_img The measurewould require the State Department to certify at least once a year that HongKong retains enough autonomy to qualify for the special US tradingconsideration that helped it become a world financial center. It also wouldprovide for sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violationsin the Chinese-ruled city.  US PresidentDonald Trump has 10 days, excluding Sundays, to sign a bill passed by theCongress, unless he opts to use his veto.(Reuters)last_img read more