Sharp Democratic Decline in Hong Kong Fueling Current Unrest | Freedom House

Sharp Democratic Decline in Hong Kong Fueling Current Unrest

Washington

Statement from Mike Abramowitz, President of Freedom House:

Freedom House data shows downturn, alongside increased interference by Chinese government in local affairs.

“As the people of Hong Kong mount a movement to defend their freedoms, they deserve strong support from the United States and other democracies. The U.S. government must stand by those seeking their fundamental freedoms and demand that the Chinese government refrain from military intervention in Hong Kong. We have deep concern that China has been undermining freedom since taking over Hong Kong in 1997. Freedom House has documented a clear drop in political rights and civil liberties in Hong Kong since 2009.”

Hong Kong is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2019.

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