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美國21位參議員今天聯合致信奧巴馬總統促其就香港發言


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  今天,美國21位兩黨參議院聯名致信奧巴馬總統,促其發表公開聲明支持香港人民爭取民主的權利。9月30日晚在和平香港行動“我們──人民”白宮請願人數超過19萬的時候,白宮曾對香港問題正式回應,顯然這些兩黨參議員對前日白宮的聲明並不滿意,進而要求奧巴馬總統親自發言,對香港的民主運動表示明確支持。

  公民力量負責人之一韓連潮博士表示:“這是一個非常重要的舉動,我們表示強烈支持,奧巴馬應該給出更明確的支持態度,這對明天就要開始的對話能否達成正面結果至關重要。”

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2014年10月9日 華盛頓


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For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2014


Contact:

David Carle (Leahy), 202-224-3693
Ryan Taylor (Wicker), 202-224-6253
Brooke Sammon (Rubio), 202-224-3041


Leahy, Wicker, Rubio Lead Bipartisan Call Urging Obama to Speak Out on Hong Kong


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Senate President Pro Tempore, Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Senate Republican Deputy Whip, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., today led a bipartisan group of 21 Senators in calling on President Obama to speak out publicly in support of the people of Hong Kong and their right to full democracy.

In their letter to the President, the Senators urge the Administration to “take demonstrable, meaningful steps to help ensure that Beijing maintains its commitments to the people of Hong Kong.”

“The people of Hong Kong have sent a strong message to the world that they want the right to choose their leaders to be respected,” Leahy said. “The Administration should voice U.S. support for full democracy in Hong Kong and make clear that it is in the Chinese Government’s interest to abide by its commitment to ‘one country, two systems.’”

“The Administration should be speaking out more forcefully on behalf of the people of Hong Kong who are trying to exercise self-determination,” Wicker said. “This is a matter of importance not only to those people seeking to be free but also to the American people, who share these democratic values. We should not miss this opportunity to be on the right side of history.”

“The United States needs to stand with the people of the Hong Kong in their effort to achieve full democracy,” Rubio said. “Violent attacks and intimidation are the tools of repression and should have no place on Hong Kong’s streets if the authorities are truly interested in dialogue. Free people around the world need to speak out for those in Hong Kong who want nothing more than the rights they have been promised.”

Leahy, Wicker, and Rubio were joined in their letter by Senators Cory Booker, D-N.J., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Richard Burr, R-N.C., Ben Cardin, D-Md., Bob Casey, D-Penn., Thad Cochran, R-Miss., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Al Franken, D-Minn., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Carl Levin, D-Mich., Mary Landrieu, D-La., John McCain, R-Ariz., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., John Thune, R-S.D., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

The full text of the letter:


October 9, 2014

The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, DC 20500


Dear President Obama:

We write to you regarding the United States’ policy towards Hong Kong.

As democratically elected members of the United States Senate, we strongly support the Hong Kong people's aspiration for universal suffrage and full democracy. Hong Kong’s economic prosperity and position as Asia’s “world city” is rooted in fundamental rights, including freedoms of peaceful assembly, expression, and the press.

The people of Hong Kong should be applauded and supported for their remarkable courage and determination despite extraordinarily challenging circumstances in recent days. The “Umbrella Movement” has shown the world the inspirational power of free expression in defense of the basic right to choose one’s leaders freely. In the wake of the Chinese Communist Party’s public threats and the recent physical attacks against peaceful demonstrators, we encourage you to speak out personally in support of the Hong Kong people’s democratic aspirations.

The United States and Hong Kong have enjoyed a strong relationship with close cultural, economic, and financial ties for over two centuries. We believe that at this critical time it is appropriate and necessary for the United States to help advance universal suffrage, full democracy, and the rule of law in Hong Kong:

  • This December marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which stipulated that Hong Kong would be governed by “One Country, Two Systems” until at least 2047. At the request of the People’s Republic of China and the United Kingdom, the United States expressed support for the Joint Declaration as an instrument of international law.
  • The United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 [P.L. 102-383] states that it is United States policy to help preserve Hong Kong’s unique status and to support democratization in Hong Kong. As you know, the Act also authorizes you to suspend trade and economic provisions should Beijing not provide sufficient autonomy for Hong Kong as outlined by the Joint Declaration.

Beijing’s backsliding on its commitments under the Sino-British Joint Declaration poses a significant threat to Hong Kong’s position as a center of international trade and finance and adds to concerns about China’s commitment as a responsible participant in the international system. Over the past week, the people of Hong Kong have reminded the world what is at stake. We urge you and your administration to take demonstrable, meaningful steps to help ensure that Beijing maintains its commitments to the people of Hong Kong.

Sincerely,

Senator Patrick Leahy
Senator Roger Wicker
Senator Marco Rubio
Senator Cory Booker
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Ben Cardin
Senator Bob Casey
Senator Thad Cochran
Senator John Cornyn
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Al Franken
Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Jim Inhofe
Senator Carl Levin
Senator Mary Landrieu
Senator John McCain
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator John Thune
Senator Elizabeth Warren