Hong Kong puts bounties on pro-democracy activists, including American citizen, under China-imposed law

The new law in effect in Hong Kong, imposed by the Chinese Government, has put bounties on pro-democracy activists in the region, including an American citizen. According to reports, the law stipulates that anyone who provides information on those participating in activities deemed criminal by authorities will receive a cash reward of up to HK$500,000 (about US$64,000). The law targets pro-democracy protesters as the Chinese Government has cracked down on protests against its authoritarian rule over the semi-autonomous Hong Kong. The United States Department of State (DOS) and other international organizations have expressed concerns over the implications of the law, as it could have “a chilling effect” on freedom of expression and peaceful protest. The DOS has also urged China to respect the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and to adhere to international law.

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