Donald Trump Signs “Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act” Bill

US President Donald Trump signed into law a bill ‘The Human Rights and Democracy Act‘ that supports pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and mandates an annual review, to check if Hong Kong has sufficient autonomy to justify its special status with the US.

Crux of the Matter
  • The US decision is seen as a serious interference in internal matters of Hong Kong.
  • President Trump said that has he signed the law out of respect for President Xi Jinping, China, and the people of Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong government reacted by saying that the bill would send the wrong signal and would not help to ease the situation.
  • China’s foreign ministry said it will take firm countermeasures.
  • Trump also signed a second bill that prohibits the export of crowd-control ammunition to the Hong Kong police including tear gas, rubber bullets and stuns guns.
  • 2019 Hong Kong protests, also called as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill movement is an ongoing series of demonstrations in Hong Kong which were triggered by the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill by the Hong Kong government. If enacted, the bill would have let local authorities detain and extradite criminal fugitives who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong does not currently have extradition agreements. Protesters laid out five key demands, which include the withdrawal of the bill, an investigation into alleged police brutality, the release of arrested protesters, a complete retraction of the official characterisation of the protests as “riots”, and Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation. More Info