Hong Kong's top officials applaud its financial prowess amid protests

Riot police detain protesters during an anti-government rally on New Year's day in Hong Kong China

While US House of Representatives last month passed a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China's crackdown on its Muslim minority, the report said the strong rhetoric from US officials condemning the human rights violations was undercut by President Donald Trump's praise of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"I had hoped to spotlight Beijing's deepening assault on global efforts to uphold human rights", Roth said in a statement on January 12. "We have been making every effort to advance human rights in China". It begins with his keynote essay entitled, "China's Global Threat to Human Rights".

"To protect everyone's future, governments need to act together to resist Beijing's assault on the worldwide human rights system". "Now the Chinese government is trying to extend that censorship to the rest of the world", Roth said in the 652-page report.

The World Report 2020 is HRW's 30th annual review of human rights practices around the world, summarizing key issues from more than 100 countries from late 2018 through November 2019.

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

Chinese state media has also broadly blamed fake news and Western interference for landslide victories against pro-Beijing election candidates in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

HRW executive director Kenneth Roth was due to launch the World Report 2020 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong today, but was denied entry at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday for "immigration reasons".


Noting that the SAR government is ready to provide diversified services and suitable support for the elderly to enjoy their golden years in face of an aging population, Lam suggested to combine the Normal Old Age Living Allowance Scheme (OALA) with Higher OALA, so that qualified elderly people aged 65 or above would receive a standard payment rate of 3,585 Hong Kong dollars (491 USA dollars) per month. 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.

"The Chinese government is terrified of admitting this genuine desire for democracy on territory that they rule", Roth said. They have since broadened to include demands such as universal suffrage. 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 increasingly strict curbs imposed on the mostly Muslim Uighur population have stifled life in the tense Xinjiang region, where beards are partially banned and no one is allowed to pray in public.

"An inhospitable terrain for human rights is aiding the Chinese government's attack", the organization said in a statement.

Lam said the government's acknowledgment of Hong Kong's unique role in the fast-growing Asia which she noted underwent a "quantum leap" from a few decades ago to become an economic region that will be larger than the remainder of the world by purchasing power.

"Some leaders, such as U.S. President Donald Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, bridle at the same body of global human rights law that China undermines, galvanizing their publics by shadow boxing with the "globalists" who dare suggest that governments everywhere should be bound by the same standards", Roth said. He said government should "deliberately counter China's divide-and-conquer strategy for securing silence about its oppression".

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