Human Rights Watch report blasts China, urges global community to push back

Darnell Taylor
January 15, 2020

Lam's comments come at a time when Hong Kong's economy continues to suffer from anti-government protests that sparked in June a year ago following a proposed bill that would allow the extradition of Hong Kongers to mainland China.

'Beijing has long suppressed domestic critics.

Kenneth Roth accused China of carrying out "the most intense attack on the global system for enforcing human rights since that system began to emerge in the mid-20th century".

The group's annual report accuses Chinese President Xi Jinping's government of overseeing 'the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades - allegation that have sparked a furious response from a Chinese official.

The Chinese government increasingly poses a "global threat to human rights", according to NGO Human Rights Watch.

While other governments commit serious human rights violations, "no other government flexes its political muscles with such vigor and determination to undermine the worldwide human rights standards and institutions that could hold it to account", he said.

Beijing's "crushing" oppression at home and its moves to spread its censorship to the rest of the world are threatening decades of progress made on global human rights, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

He indicated that Human Rights Watch is among organizations that support and instigate "anti-China engage in radical violent crimes, and incite separatist activities hyping Hong Kong independence".

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In December, Beijing announced sanctions on HRW and other USA -based nonprofits in retaliation to the United States enacting the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which supports the city's protest movement and threatens to impose sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials involved in rights abuses in the city. He added that Beijing rejected the report's content, and that HRW failed to mention that China has lifted 700 million people out of poverty.

After the Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey irked the Chinese Government by tweeting his support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters last October, all 11 of the National Basketball Association's official Chinese business partners suspended ties with the league. The spokesman, who was not identified by name, said the government remains committed to allowing universal suffrage in elections for the territory's chief executive and legislature.

Human rights organizations say up to 1 million ethnic Uighur Muslims in China's western Xinjiang region have been detained in camps where they are subjected to political indoctrination and pressured to give up their religion.

The UN says more than a million Uighurs and other Muslims are being held there in government camps.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the rights situation in Russian Federation "continued to deteriorate" previous year and it slammed Moscow for its crackdown on activism in the country, saying authorities relied on "repression" and "showcase prosecutions" to help silence dissent.

"[U.S. President Donald] Trump has lost credibility because he so often embraces friendly autocrats, rather than defend the human rights standards that they flout", Roth said.

"A growing number of governments that previously could be relied on at least some of the time to promote human rights in their foreign policy now have leaders, such as United States President Donald Trump, who are unwilling to do so", he said. "Other governments are simply bought off [by China]".

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