Pelosi Statement on Withdrawal of Hong Kong Extradition Bill

September 4, 2019
Press Release
San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on reports that Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leadership will fully withdraw its dangerous and widely-repudiated extradition bill:

“The long-overdue withdrawal of the dangerous extradition bill is welcome news, but much more must be done to fully realize the legitimate aspirations of the Hong Kong people, as guaranteed under ‘One Country, Two Systems.’  The people of Hong Kong deserve the future of justice, real autonomy and freedom from fear that they were promised, and for which they have long been courageously fighting.

“The pro-Beijing leadership in Hong Kong must ensure a political system accountable to the people, including granting universal suffrage and investigating police violence.  The escalating violence and use of force perpetrated by the Hong Kong authorities against their own people in recent weeks, which has led to tragic loss of life, must end now.

“In the U.S. Congress, we look forward to swiftly advancing the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the face of Beijing’s crackdown.  Democrats and Republicans continue to stand united with the people of Hong Kong in demanding the hopeful, free and democratic future that is their right.”