Tom Daschle
Tom Daschle

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle is representing Project Hong Kong, a New York-based advocacy group pushing for democracy and human rights in the former British colony.

China imposed a sweeping new national security law on Hong Kong on June 30, which severely curbs freedom of expression and civil rights in the city.

Beijing rolled out that harsh measure though the city was promised a “high degree of autonomy" for 50 years when Britain returned the city to Chinese control in 1997.

The US Treasury Dept. sanctioned Hong Kong officials, including CEO Carrie Lam, on Aug. 7. She called the sanctions “shameful and despicable.”

Daschle, who was a Democratic Senator from South Dakota, is working Project Hong Kong, as head of The Daschle Group, the public policy advisory group of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz.