Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Rights group says China is trying to silence critics overseas

Rights group says China is trying to silence critics overseas

Mr Roth called the claim "preposterous" as he launched HRW's World Report 2020, which reviews human rights practices in almost 100 countries, at the UN.

China calls the camps "vocational training centers".

"To protect everyone's future, governments need to act together to resist Beijing's assault on the worldwide human rights system".

However, human rights violations in China, including its oppression of Uyghurs, are well documented around the world, including by United Nations monitors.

NEW YORK-China is using its economic and diplomatic might to carry out the "most intense attack" ever on the global system for protecting human rights, a leading campaign group said Tuesday.

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

Lam said she is "confident that we will bridge our divide, (and) that we will realize the common goal of a re-united community and a flourishing economy" through the concerted efforts of the HKSAR government and the people of Hong Kong.

He highlighted China's penalising of the National Basketball Association following a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey backing Hong Kong protesters previous year as evidence of Beijing using its economic influence to intimidate critics.

The executive director of Human Rights Watch was expected to launch the report in Hong Kong.

They have now also gripped the British bank HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE: HSBC), which the protestors accused of supporting the Hong Kong government by closing down their accounts.

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Chinese diplomat Xing Jisheng addressed reporters at the end of the news conference, saying China totally rejected the HRW report as prejudiced and fabricated.

"At home, the Chinese Communist Party, anxious that permitting political freedom would jeopardise its grasp on power, has constructed an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state and a sophisticated internet censorship system to monitor and suppress public criticism", Mr Roth wrote in his essay.

It is increasingly targeting critics of rights violations, "whether they represent a foreign government, are part of an overseas company or university, or join real or virtual avenues of public protest".

The organization criticized US President Donald Trump, who was deemed to be "more interested in embracing friendly autocrats than defending the human rights standards that they flout".

UN experts and campaigners say that some 1 million Uighurs and other minorities, mostly Muslims, have been caged in Xinjiang in a crackdown that has been blasted by the U.S., European nations and others. Researchers also took aim at the actions of Syrian and Russian forces fighting in Syria and Saudi-led coalition attacks on civilians in Yemen.

The report also noted that a growing number of countries that once could be relied on to promote human rights have largely abandoned the cause.

He said the United States's "misguided" withdrawal from the world body's Human Rights Council in 2018 had allowed China to exert greater influence over the institution, routinely blocking initiatives.

Mr Roth said while individual governments faced a choice between China's economic opportunities and speaking out against Beijing's oppression, the "balance of power" could shift if the governments banded together to protest against the treatment of Uyghurs.

When it came to countering China on human rights, Roth said several important governments have been "missing in action".

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