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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 03:15 PM

U.S. House to attempt quick passage of Hong Kong human rights bill

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS NOVEMBER 20, 2019 / 1:01 PM / UPDATED 41 MINUTES AGO

U.S. House to attempt quick passage of Hong Kong human rights bill

Patricia Zengerle, Richard Cowan
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday will attempt to pass legislation unanimously approved by the Senate that aims to protect human rights in Hong Kong amid a pro-democracy movement there, a senior House aide said.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, told Reuters the bill passed on Tuesday by the Senate would be brought to the House floor for passage.

If the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act passes the House and is signed into law by President Donald Trump, it would request Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to certify at least once a year that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to qualify for special U.S. trading consideration that bolsters its status as a world financial center.

It also would provide for sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong.

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