Hong Kong’s Extra-Territorial Application of the National Security Law

U.S. Department of State

Hong Kong’s Extra-Territorial Application of the National Security Law

PRESS STATEMENT
MATTHEW MILLER, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON

JULY 3, 2023

The United States condemns the Hong Kong Police Force’s issuance of an international bounty for information leading to the arrest of eight pro-democracy activists who no longer live in Hong Kong.  The extraterritorial application of the Beijing-imposed National Security Law is a dangerous precedent that threatens the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people all over the world.

We call on the Hong Kong government to immediately withdraw this bounty, respect other countries’ sovereignty, and stop the international assertion of the National Security Law imposed by Beijing.  We will continue to oppose the PRC’s transnational repression efforts, which undermine human rights.  We support individuals’ rights to freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.