Statement on Hong Kong “National Security” Law

May 21, 2020

The Uyghur American Association is deeply concerned by the “Establishment and Improvement of the Legal System and Implementation Mechanism for the Safeguarding of National Security in the Hong Kong SAR” law proposed by the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing.

Hong Kong maintains a robust legal system, democratic institutions, and respect for rule of law. Hong Kong developed into the global economic and cultural hub that it is today because of its democratic system of governance and strong civil society.

Since the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, Beijing has attempted to subvert its cultural, economic, and political autonomy. Hongkongers from all walks of life have used peaceful means to defend the principles essential to the survival of a free, democratic Hong Kong.

The draft law is a calculated affront to these ambitions. Coupled with recent arrests of prominent democracy advocates, it serves as a direct threat to the fundamental freedoms guaranteed to Hongkongers per Hong Kong Basic Law.

But why does the NPC need to threaten these freedoms?

Because the CCP’s autocratic rule is contingent on the absolute control of its citizens. Uyghurs, too, are targeted by unjust laws and policies of the CCP. That is why we speak truth to power: law in and of itself is not just. Law is a language that authorizes and directs power. And law created by a regime that lacks citizen participation necessarily sets law to serve only its own interests: power.

We, the President and Board of Directors of the Uyghur American Association, are proud to stand with Hongkongers in support of the rights and freedoms they deserve. It is what we all deserve.