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US threatens to impose new visa restrictions on Hong Kong officials


A supporter scuffles with police the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts constructing throughout the listening to of the 47 pro-democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion beneath the nationwide safety legislation, in Hong Kong, China February 6, 2023. — Reuters 

America introduced Friday it would impose new visa restrictions on a number of Hong Kong officers over the crackdown on rights and freedoms within the territory.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has beforehand acknowledged that China has been pursuing Hong Kong’s promised autonomy, democratic establishments, and rights, together with with the current enactment of a brand new nationwide safety legislation often called Article 23, Reuters reported.

“In response, the Division of State is asserting that it’s taking steps to impose new visa restrictions on a number of Hong Kong officers chargeable for the intensifying crackdown on rights and freedoms,” Blinken mentioned.

The assertion didn’t specify which officers can be focused.

In November, Hong Kong criticised a US invoice imposing sanctions on 49 officers, judges, and prosecutors concerned in nationwide safety circumstances, accusing the lawmakers of grand-standing and intimidation.

Officers named in that Hong Kong Sanctions Act included Secretary for Justice Paul Lam, Police chief Raymond Siu and judges Andrew Cheung, Andrew Chan, Johnny Chan, Alex Lee, Esther Toh and Amanda Woodcock.

America has imposed visa restrictions and different sanctions previously on Hong Kong officers blamed for undermining freedoms and introduced an finish to the particular financial therapy the territory lengthy loved beneath US legislation.

It has additionally warned that overseas monetary establishments that conduct enterprise with them can be topic to sanctions.

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