A week after the House and Senate passed the Hong Kong bill, President Donald Trump has finally signed the bill into a law, withdrawing criticism from the Chinese government, according to whom the bill is “full of prejudice and arrogance”.
The Hong Kong bill was introduced as a move to support the pro-democracy protestors and was passed with a majority so that the President cannot veto it.
The law imposes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuse of Hong Kong protestors. It also mandates an annual report on the status of Hong Kong’s autonomy so that the territory justifies its special status with the US.
After signing the Hong Kong bill, Trump said, “I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong. They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all.”
The protests which started in June have witnessed the Chinese and Hong Kong authorities abusing their power, resulting in physical and mental trauma and deaths of protestors.
Moreover, the law enforcement in an attempt to arrest the protestors besieged and completely locked down the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This resulted in the protestors employing methods like rappelling down the bridge and crawling through the sewers to avoid getting arrested.
Apart from that, the actions of law authorities resulted in a stampede that led to 30 injured, as confirmed by the Fire Services Department of Hong Kong.
This is not the first time that the Chinese authorities are involved in human rights violations. From a long time, China has been violating the human rights of innocent Uighur Muslims in the country.
The authorities have been accused of not only imposing controls and restrictions on every aspect of their life but also detaining them in unlivable conditions and violating their privacy by installing cameras in their homes. According to some of the reports, the number of Uighur Muslims detained varies from a minimum of 120,000 to over 1 million.
Ironically, Muslim majority countries like Saudi Arabia have shown no remorse on the conditions of Uighur Muslims in China. Instead the Middle Eastern nations chose to remain silent on the issue and continue their trade relations with China.
Condemning the Hong Kong bill turned into law, Chinese Foreign Ministry said, “This so-called bill will only make the Chinese people, including our compatriots in Hong Kong, further understand the sinister intentions and hegemonic nature of the United States. It will only make the Chinese people more united and make the American plot doomed to fail.”