Senate Bill 1838
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
Became Law
Amendments
Became Law
Became Public Law 116-76 on Nov 27, 2019
Overview
Text
Introduced
Jun 13, 2019
Latest Action
Nov 27, 2019
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
1838
Congress
116
Policy Area
International Affairs
International Affairs
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Passed
November 19, 2019
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
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Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S6657-6660)
Summary

Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

This bill directs various departments to assess whether political developments in Hong Kong justify changing Hong Kong's unique treatment under U.S. law.

Hong Kong is part of China but has a largely separate legal and economic system.

The Department of State shall report annually to Congress as to whether Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous from China to justify its unique treatment. The report shall assess whether China has eroded Hong Kong's civil liberties and rule of law as protected by Hong Kong's Basic Law.

The Department of Commerce shall report annually to Congress on China's efforts to use Hong Kong to evade U.S. export controls and sanctions.

The President shall provide Congress an assessment as to whether to withdraw from the U.S.-Hong Kong extradition treaty, and what actions are needed to protect U.S. citizens and national security interests, if Hong Kong (1) amends its laws to allow the rendition of individuals to countries that lack defendants' rights protections, or (2) passes a national security law.

The State Department shall allow otherwise qualified Hong Kong residents to obtain visas to work or study in the United States, even if the applicant had been arrested for participating in certain nonviolent protests supporting human rights or the rule of law.

The President shall report to Congress a list of individuals responsible for abducting and torturing people for exercising internationally recognized human rights in Hong Kong. The bill bars such individuals from entering the United States and imposes sanctions on them.

Text (4)
November 19, 2019
September 26, 2019
Amendments (1)
Nov 19, 2019
Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 1246
In the nature of a substitute.
Agreed To
Public Record
Created
Jun 14, 2019 4:57:15 AM
Updated
Dec 15, 2020 3:54:36 PM