Pelosi Statement on Signing of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

November 27, 2019
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Trump signed the bipartisan, bicameral Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which passed 417-1 in the House:

“For six months, the people of Hong Kong have stirred the hearts of all freedom-loving people with their extraordinary outpouring of courage and their refusal to relinquish their demand for democracy and the rule of law, which was promised more than two decades ago.  Now, with this law, the Congress has sent an unmistakable message to the world: that the United States stands in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong, and that we fully support their fight for their freedoms.

“Democrats and Republicans have long stood united in the fight for freedoms in China, whether for the Tibetan community, the Uyghur community, the people of Hong Kong or the many brave journalists, human rights lawyers, Christians and democracy activists on the mainland.  If America does not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out elsewhere.

“This bicameral, bipartisan law reaffirms our nation’s commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the face of Beijing’s crackdown.  America is proud to stand with the people of Hong Kong on the side of freedom and justice.

“I am pleased that the President signed this legislation and look forward to its prompt enforcement.”