US Congress targets banks, ramping up fight for Hong Kong rights

Ruben Fields
July 3, 2020

"After I spoke at the (US Congress) hearing and told the global community about the real human rights situation in Hong Kong after the draconian law took effect, I have plunged myself into unknown dangers", he said in a statement on Facebook.

Australia is also "actively considering" offering safe haven to Hong Kong residents - with Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying there were proposals that will "soon be considered by cabinet".

In Hong Kong, a group of pro-Beijing legislators and about 20 supporters gathered outside the USA consulate on Thursday to condemn "American and foreign meddling in China's internal affairs".

The UK has offered residency, and possible citizenship, to up to three million Hong Kongers in the wake of the law's implementation.

The security law is controversial because it radically increases China's control over Hong Kong.

Australia could fast track skilled migrant visas for Hong Kong nationals or offer safe haven through the refugee program.

But critics say that the security law imposed Tuesday destroys those promises.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the laws threatened Hong Kong's judicial independence and the rights and freedoms of its people.

"It sets the stage for an unprecedented, massive assault on the civil rights of Hong Kongers, as well as all citizens of the global community", said Gloria Fung of the Toronto-based Canada Hong Kong Link.

Hong Kong police have made the first arrests under a new national security law imposed by mainland China as thousands of

The British prime minister promised nearly 3 million people new visas and a path to citizenship after China enforced a security law on the former British colony, which Johnson called a "clear and serious breach" of the 1984 handover treaty between London and Beijing.

Under the United Kingdom plan, the status of British National (Overseas) passport holders will be upgraded to offer them a path to United Kingdom citizenship. He didn't provide details on how that would be arranged.

"When we have made a final decision on those arrangements, then I'll make the announcements", Mr Morrison told reporters today. "We continue to work closely with the USA and others on this and we all share the same concerns over the illegality and unacceptability of the national security legislation".

"I believe that there's a good chance that all companies who have used Hong Kong as their headquarters for Asia will begin to rethink whether the new rules, the new relationship between Hong Kong and mainland China, whether those rules let Hong Kong be as favorable a place to have headquarters as it used to be", Ross said Wednesday during an interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo.

The central government's passage of the security law has triggered concern from the territory's former colonial ruler, Britain, and other countries.

The Chinese embassy in Australia condemned her remarks and accused the minister of meddling in Hong Kong's affairs.

Echoing countless statements by Chinese officials, he said Hong Kong affairs fall within China's jurisdiction and "brook no external interference".

Australian lawyers fear the broadly defined national security offences will have a chilling effect on public life in Hong Kong.

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