Washington Free Beacon Quotes FPI Director of Democracy and Human Rights Ellen Bork

In "China Quashes Democracy in Hong Kong,"  Washington Free Beacon Staff Writer Daniel Wiser writes:


Hong Kong’s chief executive is currently selected by a 1,200-member election committee of mostly pro-Beijing elites. Under the new guidelines, residents can vote for their leader but only after the nominees receive approval from at least half of the committee.

Ellen Bork, director of democracy and human rights for the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), previously told the Washington Free Beacon that the United States and other Western democracies should speak out in support of fully democratic elections in Hong Kong.

“The question is whether the real democracies are willing to stand up for Hong Kong’s people who have repeatedly and overwhelmingly showed they want to choose their own leaders, not be governed by Beijing’s proxies,” she said.

The Hong Kong ruling comes amid a widening crackdown on dissent by Chinese President Xi Jinping. China’s communist leaders likely feared that more democratic elections in Hong Kong could prompt calls for more freedoms on the mainland, analysts say.

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