WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) today issued the following statement after the House passed a number of bills regarding the recent developments in Hong Kong:

“The critical bills passed by the House of Representatives today will hold leaders in Beijing accountable at a time when Hong Kong’s freedom is under threat. These bills are more important than ever as actions to undermine the freedom of the people of Hong Kong become increasingly violent.

“The United States is committed to supporting the people of Hong Kong, working to ensure their autonomy, and protecting their fundamental rights. Protesters by the tens of thousands in Hong Kong are increasingly being met with expanded police powers and additional restrictions to curb their ability to voice their democratic aspirations. This suppression of basic freedoms and human rights is deeply concerning, and we must remain committed to democratic principles both at home and abroad.

“Leaders in Beijing and Hong Kong must address the legitimate concerns of these protestors and understand the consequences for diminishing the autonomy, human rights, and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.”