Last week the federal government sanctioned almost a dozen individuals for activities investigators say helped to restrict human rights in Hong Kong in recent months.
According to the Department of the Treasury, the eleven individuals were involved in developing and carrying out all manner of abuses in Hong Kong that not only impact upon the city’s local autonomy, but also restricts the rights of individuals in the city who seek to voice opposition to the Chinese government and its control of the area.
Investigators say the Chinese government has implemented “national security education” in the city’s schools, which they say is one of several measures intended at limiting the free expression of those declared to be critical of the Chinese government.
Acting pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13936, “The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization,” of July 14, 2020, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, and the Hong Kong Autonomy Act of 2020, the Treasury Department sanctioned the Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Commissioner of Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF), the Former Commissioner of HKPF, the HKSAR Secretary for Security, the HKSAR Secretary for Justice, the HKSAR Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, the Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, the Director of the Hong Kong Liaison Office, the Director of the Office for Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong, and the Secretary General of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the HKSAR.
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