US Senate unanimously passes bill supporting Hong Kong protesters

WASHINGTON, The US Senate unanimously passed Tuesday evening a bill known as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, supporting protesters in Hong Kong amid the unrest witnessed there.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch said in a statement that the Senate “took a stand today in support of the Hong Kong people.” “Passing this legislation is an important step forward in holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy and its repression of fundamental freedoms,” he stressed.

The bill needs to pass the House of Representatives, which passed a similar legislation in October.

The Senate also also passed a bill that would ban the US from exporting “certain munitions” to the Hong Kong police forces.

Last Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US is “greatly concerned by the deepening political unrest and violence in Hong Kong,” calling for “restraint from all parties in Hong Kong.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency