The United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China has urged additional sanctions on Hong Kong prosecutors over the increasing number of political prisoners in the country.
The commission said that the arbitrary detention of pro-democracy “may require actions from the United States and the international community to address the erosion of the rule of law and human rights.”
The commission noted that the US law might subject foreign people violating human rights to sanctions. It also cited the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, obligating the US president to deny entry to human rights violators and block their assets.
The commission said Hong Kong’s justice department and prosecutors had played a role in the increased number of arbitrary detentions. It noted that some 15 Hong Kong government prosecutors were responsible for some prosecutions on protest-related charges.
According to the commission, Hong Kong’s Department of Justice prosecuted at least 2,944 individuals on National Security Law (NSL) and protest-related charges.
In June, Hong Kong started its prosecution of 47 pro-democracy activists in the country’s largest national security law case.
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