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April 22, 2021

Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo re Hong Kong

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2021 – The American Bar Association is deeply concerned about the conviction and April 16 sentencing of seven prominent pro-democracy leaders in Hong Kong, including Margaret Ng, recipient of the 2020 ABA Human Rights Award, for their involvement in peaceful assemblies since 2019.

These convictions are the latest in a series of events that threaten the rule of law in Hong Kong. The ABA urges the People’s Republic of China to comply with its obligations under domestic and international law, and reaffirm its commitment to the rule of law, an impartial judiciary free from interference, and the protection and respect for human rights.

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