The Hong Kong government objected to a US congressional report criticizing Beijing’s handling of the city as “biased, politically motivated and not reflecting the truth.”
The annual report from the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China this week said the “one country, two systems” framework in Hong Kong has been “dismantled,” severely undermining the rule of law and respect for human rights.
The national security law Beijing imposed over the summer directly threatens Hong Kong residents’ right to due process and their freedoms of expression and association, the report found.
“The legislation is clearly meant to target, intimidate, and silence Hong Kong’s robust civil society,” according to the report.
“Safeguarding national security through legislation is in line with international practice,” the island’s government said in a statement, Reuters reported.
Multiple pro-democracy activists have been arrested under the law. The law’s imposition followed months of mass protest that was cut off when the coronavirus pandemic began last year. Several leaders of that movement were sentenced to jail in December.
Hong Kong called the allegations erroneous and said China “has the right to legislate for this matter.”