US sanctions Hong Kong chief govt Carrie Lam over democratic crackdowns

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The US Treasury Department charged that Lam and 10 different people “have implemented policies directly aimed at curbing freedom of expression and assembly, and democratic processes, and are subsequently responsible for the degradation of Hong Kong’s autonomy.”

“Carrie Lam is the chief executive directly responsible for implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes. In 2019, Lam pushed for an update to Hong Kong’s extradition arrangements to allow for extradition to the mainland, setting off a series of massive opposition demonstrations in Hong Kong,” the US Treasury Department mentioned. “Lam is designated for being involved in developing, adopting, or implementing the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (National Security Law).”

Source has reached out to Lam’s workplace for remark.

The present and former commissioner of Hong Kong’s Police Force, the secretaries for Security, Justice and Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, the director and 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 normal of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region have been additionally sanctioned Friday.

As a results of Friday’s sanctions, “all property and interests in property of the individuals named above, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by them, individually, or with other blocked persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC.”

The sanctions are the newest measure taken by the Trump administration in response to China’s imposition of a nationwide safety legislation on Hong Kong. Following the passage of that legislation, President Donald Trump introduced that the US would revoke Hong Kong’s particular standing. In mid-July, Trump issued an “executive order on Hong Kong normalization” — Friday’s sanctions have been issued underneath that order.

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