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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The State of Civil and Political Rights in Hong Kong

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 2:00pm
Rayburn HOB 2172 and Virtual via Cisco WebEx


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on “The State of Civil and Political Rights in Hong Kong.” 

There has been a steady erosion of civil and political rights in Hong Kong, as the former British colony’s reputation for respecting the rule of law and fundamental freedoms has increasingly been undermined by the People’s Republic of China.  Despite an obligation to preserve Hong Kong’s institutions under the “One Country, Two Systems” formula under both the Basic Law – Hong Kong’s constitutive document – and the Sino-British Joint Declaration, critics contend that “One Country, One System” now prevails, as the distinction between the PRC and Hong Kong has been incrementally erased.

Witnesses will address all aspects of the decline in civil and political rights, from erosion of press freedom and the shuttering of the independent Apple Daily newspaper, to the decline in judicial independence, to the shutting down of opposition political voices, to the curbing of religious freedom. 

This hearing will hybrid. Pursuant to H. Res. 965, Members of Congress and witnesses will participate in person or remotely via Cisco WebEx. Members of the public and the media may view the hearing by live webcast on the Commission website. The hearing will also be available for viewing on the House Digital Channel service. For any questions, please contact Piero Tozzi at (for Rep. Smith) or Kimberly Stanton at  (for Rep. McGovern).

Hosted by:

Christopher H. Smith
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC
James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC

    Opening remarks

    Panel I


    Submitted for the Record





    117th Congress