"Umbrella Movement" leader Joshua Wong; pro-democracy activist and Cantopop singer Denise Ho; spokesman for the Hong Kong Higher Education International Affairs Delegation Sunny Cheung; and executive director of Human Rights in China Sharon Hom addressing a congressional hearing on "Hong Kong's summer of discontent and U.S. policy responses" in Washington on Tuesday.
"We strongly urge the United States to ... respect China's sovereignty, stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any form and stop promoting the review of relevant Hong Kong-related proposals", he mentioned.
The action comes a day after a bicameral panel of lawmakers heard from Hong Kong pro-democracy activists visiting Washington to lobby for the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.
The report comes as USA lawmakers ramp up pressure on Hong Kong's government and could fuel more protests or support for a movement that has seized on aggressive police tactics to sustain its momentum, including the case of a woman who was hit in the eye. "Democrats and Republicans in Congress are on the same side, the side of the people of Hong Kong, the side of democracy and human rights", Engel said at the press conference.
Smith's bill would require the US secretary of state to certify each year whether Hong Kong should continue to receive its special treatment under USA law, require sanctions against individuals in either Hong Kong or China who crack down on the territory's autonomy and freedoms, and make sure anyone arrested for participating in peaceful protests is not denied a visa to enter the USA because of it.
The Jockey Club said it had been "monitoring the situation" closely in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, which has been rocked my more than three months of sometimes violent protests.
Amnesty said a field investigation had documented "an alarming pattern of the Hong Kong Police Force deploying reckless and indiscriminate tactics, including while arresting people at protests, as well as exclusive evidence of torture and other ill-treatment in detention".
"America stands with you, and America will always support you", McCaul said.
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They asked US lawmakers to ban exports of police equipment used against demonstrators and step up monitoring of Chinese efforts to undermine civil liberties.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang commented on the move while speaking to reporters on Thursday.
It was the first Washington appearance for numerous Hong Kong advocates, whose protests have rocked the prosperous former British colony and posed a major political challenge for the communist regime in Beijing.
"Hopefully we will be able to pass some of this legislation to make it clear to the regime in Beijing that democracy is an important value", said Senator Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.
Numerous thousands of tear gas canisters fired at protesters by Hong Kong police since early June were US imports. Out of 21 protesters interviewed, 18 were hospitalized for injuries or illnesses related to their arrest and detention, the group said, adding that it also reviewed medical records.
Hong Kong activists had earlier called on lawmakers to ban the export of US -made police equipment to Hong Kong.
The legislation would enable sanctions on Chinese officials involved in oppressing Hong Kong.
"The "one country, two systems" principle has been fully and successfully implemented", a spokesman said in a statement.