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Cotton Statement on Convictions of Pro-Democracy Leaders in Hong Kong

July 22, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the conviction of three pro-democracy leaders for their role in the Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong in 2014:

"These convictions of three pro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong greatly trouble me. These men stood up for the rights of all Hong Kongers with the simple demand that the Chinese government abide by its international commitment to respect the autonomy of Hong Kong. That Joshua Wong and other pro-democracy leaders were charged more than a year after their infractions, that they now face jail time, and that Beijing has taken other aggressive actions to stifle dissent in Hong Kong calls into serious question the integrity of this trial. Hong Kong's identity is grounded in liberty and the rule of law, and the continued diminishment of those values by Beijing authorities portend a darker future for Hong Kong's people."