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(Reuters) – Republican senators and human rights activists have taken intention at U.S. regulation agency Mayer Brown for its work on behalf of the College of Hong Kong, which is searching for to take away from its campus a statue commemorating pro-democracy protesters killed throughout China’s Tiananmen Sq. crackdown in 1989.
The statue, a 26-foot tall, two-ton copper sculpture referred to as the “Pillar of Shame,” is among the few remaining public symbols in China commemorating the Tiananmen Sq. crackdown. Beijing resumed management of Hong Kong in 1997. The statue has been put in on the College of Hong Kong campus for greater than 20 years.
The Danish sculptor who made the statue loaned it to a neighborhood civil society group, the Hong Kong Alliance in Help of Patriotic Democratic Actions in China, in perpetuity. In a Thursday letter to the alliance, Mayer Brown demanded its elimination by Wednesday on the college’s behalf.
The letter, which didn’t embrace any particular person Mayer Brown attorneys’ signatures, drew the ire of the statue’s creator, Jens Galschiot, and has attracted criticism from plenty of human rights activists and organizations, as nicely U.S. senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz.
“American firms should be ashamed to be complicit” within the statue’s elimination, Cruz advised journalist Eli Lake in a Substack column revealed Wednesday. Graham within the article lamented that “American law firms are doing the bidding of the Communist Party.” A spokesperson for Graham declined to remark additional. Cruz’s workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Individually, a bunch of 28 non-governmental organizations known as on Mayer Brown to finish its relationship with the college in an open letter, saying the agency’s demand “shows that Mayer Brown has violated its stated mission to make a positive difference in the lives of citizens in Hong Kong.”
Mayer Brown in a press release mentioned it was “asked to provide a specific service on a real estate matter for our long-term client, the University of Hong Kong.”
“Our role as outside counsel is to help our clients understand and comply with current law. Our legal advice is not intended as commentary on current or historical events,” the agency mentioned.
Samuel Chu, a founder and former managing director of the Washington, D.C.-based Hong Kong Democracy Council, mentioned in a electronic mail that it is “unacceptable” that Mayer Brown has touted its dedication to human rights within the context of George Floyd’s dying “while acting in the exact opposite way in Hong Kong.”
Mayer Brown can hint its presence in Hong Kong again to the nineteenth century by means of one among its legacy companies, Johnson Stokes & Grasp, which was based in Hong Kong in 1863 and merged with Mayer Brown in 2008.
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Reporting by David Thomas
David Thomas experiences on the enterprise of regulation, together with regulation agency technique, hiring, mergers and litigation. He’s primarily based out of Chicago. He may be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @DaveThomas5150.