Hong Kong has told US lawmakers to keep their hands off internal affairs ahead of the planned passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has called for a vote on bipartisan legislation, this week.
Yesterday, protesters amassed ouside the United States Consulate on Garden Road, waved the Stars and Stripes, played “The Star Spangled Banner” and called on Washington to pass the lesiglation that would require annual assessments of autonomy from Beijing and cancel trading privileges if autonomy is compromised.
The Hong Kong Government said it expresses regret over the re-introduction of the act and reiterates that foreign legislatures should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs.
A statement said that the Act mentioned the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, the incident concerning a bookstore in Causeway Bay and export control.
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on September 4 that the Government would formally withdraw the bill. Before that, the Government had also clearly indicated on many occasions that all work in relation to the legislative amendment had completely stopped.
As for the incident concerning a bookstore in Causeway Bay, the Basic Law only authorises the law enforcement agencies of Hong Kong to enforce laws in the jurisdiction of Hong Kong.
Law enforcement agencies outside of Hong Kong, including law enforcement agencies of the mainland and overseas, do not have the authority to enforce laws within the jurisdiction of Hong Kong.
The Government has all along been dealing with matters relating to Hong Kong in strict accordance with the principle of 'one country, two systems' and the Basic Law, and will not allow 'law enforcement across the boundary'. In respect of the incident relating to a bookstore in Causeway Bay, the Hong Kong Police have not discovered evidence indicating that there was 'law enforcement across the boundary'.
In addition, Hong Kong's separate customs territory status and trade autonomy are conferred upon us by Articles 116 and 151 of the Basic Law, instead of an offering by other jurisdictions. It is very much in Hong Kong's own interest to maintain our autonomy to safeguard our interests and advantages under the 'one country, two systems' principle.'
Since the return to the motherland, Hong Kong has been exercising 'Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong' and a high degree of autonomy in strict accordance with the Basic Law. The 'one country, two systems' principle has been fully and successfully implemented. Human rights and freedom in Hong Kong are fully protected by the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance and other legislation.
The Government attaches great importance to them and is determined to safeguard them, the statement said.