China's government poses a 'global threat to human rights,' report finds

Andrew Cummings
January 15, 2020

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday: "It is China's sovereignty to allow one's entry or not".

"Beijing has long suppressed domestic critics", Roth said. "We have been making every effort to advance human rights in China".

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. It begins with his keynote essay entitled, "China's Global Threat to Human Rights".

At the launch event of the HRW report, a Chinese UN diplomat criticized Roth and said the report was full of "prejudice and fabrications".

In an annual report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a scathing review of the Chinese government, calling on the worldwide community to push back against "the most brutal and pervasive oppression China has seen in decades". Hong Kong and China make up for the largest share of HSBC's revenue.

Hong Kong sank into recession for the first time in a decade in the third quarter as the sometimes violent protests forced businesses to shut and scared away travellers.

Addressing the 13th Asian Financial Forum (AFF), which was attended by thousands of global investors and policymakers, Chief Executive Carrie Lam acknowledged Hong Kong had faced unprecedented challenges over the past two years from the global economic slowdown, trade disputes among major economies, geopolitical uncertainties and local issues.

Chinese diplomat Xing Jisheng, who attended the United Nations press launch, spoke at the end calling the report "very prejudicial", saying it has "fabrications" and telling journalists "we completely reject the content".

However, Roth said that it is exactly this growing Chinese wealth which scares the ruling authorities.

The operator of Pizza Hut and KFC restaurants in China is joining the parade of USA -traded Chinese companies filing for a second listing in Hong Kong, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. They have since broadened to several demands, including universal suffrage.

Using its economic clout and influence and sometimes its veto in the U.N. Security Council, Roth said, China has sought to block United Nations measures "to protect some of the world's most persecuted people".

The group's executive director, Kenneth Roth, described a range of atrocities being perpetrated by Beijing against members of the Turkic Muslim group in China's far western Xinjiang region as well as the serious encroachment by authorities on Hong Kong's limited freedoms. Researchers also took aim at the actions of Syrian and Russian forces fighting in Syria and Saudi-led coalition attacks on civilians in Yemen.

He also cited "autocratic populists" who come to power by demonizing minorities and retain it by attacking independent journalists, judges and activists who try to provide checks and balances on their rule.

The communist regime, the report noted, has undermined global institutions created to protect human rights, such as the United Nations, where it uses its veto power to block measures that support persecuted groups worldwide. "Other governments are simply bought off [by China]".

"[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. He said government should "deliberately counter China's divide-and-conquer strategy for securing silence about its oppression".

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