This Comment will examine the effect of the massacre and the Chinese government's subsequent actions upon the negotiation of certain provisions of Hong Kong's future laws. Section II will examine the massacre, China's subsequent denial of any massacre, and Hong Kong's reaction to those events. Section III will discuss Great Britain's acquisition of Hong Kong, and the China-Britain agreement regarding Hong Kong. Section IV will compare provisions for the protection of human and individual rights contained within the Constitution of the People's Republic of China (PRC Constitution), the China-Britain Joint Declaration, (Joint Declaration) and the Draft Basic Law (DBL) which has been proposed for Hong Kong. Proposed articles of the Draft Basic Law which are possible avenues for the limitation of human and individual rights will also be identified.
Wendy D. Bowie, The Effect of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Upon Negotiations for the Draft Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, 8 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 245 (1990).